Nabo latest: Color therapy - visual medicine for the body
They are bright and beautiful, but what can colors really do?
A sea of color. What do you think of when you hear this term? What do you see in your mind’s eye? A great blaze of color? A bright play of colors? Colors have the power to influence our thoughts and feelings, just like how words can let our imaginations take flight. And therefore they also impact our health, as we know at Naturheilzentrum Bottrop.
In their latest vlog, the Bottrop-based naturopaths and YouTubers, Farid Zitoun and Christian Rüger explain the areas of application and the ways in which colors affect the body and mood. Because "what so pleases the eye, rests the mind; and whatever rests the mind, rests the body," as Prentice Mulford, an American journalist, educator, gold prospector and department store owner, knew in the middle of the 19th Century.
For example, the color red is said to increase appetite, while the color blue is supposed to suppress it. Yellow can have a calming effect, and green a relaxing one. The graphic designer, Sonja Hagen has already written a blog post on how colors work and how they can also be used from a professional point of view. The color orange, for example, plays a particularly important role in advertising. ("Nabo blog: Colors have an impact - my heart beats green. What about yours?" https://naturheilzentrum.com/en/blog/naboblog-bottrop-healthportal-colors-have-impact/)
Chromotherapy - targeted application of colors
Colors have been used at Naturheilzentrum Bottrop (‘Nabo’ for short) for more than twenty years, and implemented in a targeted way within the scope of chromotherapies to support the patients’ self-healing powers. "We have had good experiences through integrating color theory and the ways in which different color spectra work into our therapies, especially in joint diseases such as rheumatism, tension symptoms or stress," reports the complementary-medicine practitioner, Christian Rüger.
Color theory in science
Colors have fascinated Humans for centuries. Today, we assign clear functions or meanings to individual colors from linguistic and historical habits. Blue is attributed to boys, pink to girls, red to love.
The dissertation by Dr. Caroline Kaufmann MD draws attention to the particularities of the linguistic use of the color terms, red, pink and cerise in the German language and is interesting to read (https://edoc.ub.uni-muenchen.de/6326/). Among other things, it is ascertained here that pink is a frequently used color if hygiene, purity, freshness and cleanliness are to be described.
But colors are not just exciting for researchers in terms of their linguistic properties. Colors are and have been medically investigated for their health-altering effects on People.
Sick from a lack of light
A Pakistani survey cites cases of application where chromotherapy has been successfully used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1297510/). Light treatment immediately suggested itself as this condition is caused by a lack of light.
In England, where SAD is more prevalent than in the more easterly countries due to poor weather conditions and shorter daylight and solar periods, similar attempts have been made and positive results have been achieved. In many cases, chromotherapy has completely replaced traditional treatment, so that the use of chemical medication was eliminated to the greatest possible extent.
How do you feel now after this analysis of colors? From now on, you may look at the world and its colors from a more conscious perspective and allow one color or the other take on a more targeted effect.
From now on, you may make more precise observations as to the color of the surroundings you feel particularly comfortable in, or which color your favorite clothes are. Because this is usually anything but a coincidence.
You’ll notice how fascinating colors and their effects are. And if you want to read more about this, then you can take a look at the Nabo Tumblr blog right now: "Did you already know? Colors can have a positive impact on your career and health (https://naturheilzentrum-bottrop.tumblr.com/post/151657069714/naturheilzentrum-farblichttherapie-wirkung-gesundheit)"