Thermal (Part I)
Color Complements (Part II)
Supplementary Color Lesson
Colors Hot and Cold
All substances under full chemical action tend to attract or combine in harmonious union those elements whose colors form a chemical affinity with their own.
All substances while under chemical action repel and tend to stimulate contiguous substances which have the same grade of color.
There are various amounts of heat in color rays, noted by placing colored glass over a thermometer and recording the rise of the thermometer. The thermometer rose in the blue ray 1 degree, from 55 to 56 in 3 minutes. The thermometer rose in the green ray 4 degrees, from 54 to 58 in 3 minutes. The thermometer rose in the yellow ray 6 degrees, from 56 to 62 in 3 minutes. The thermometer rose in the red ray 16 degrees, from 56 to 72 in 2.5 minutes. The thermometer rose in the infra-red ray 18 degrees, from 61 to 79 in 2.5 minutes.
A similar experiment is as follows: Take four bulbs of 100 watts each, one of red, one of blue, one of yellow and one of green, placed in lamps side by side. Place a radiometer within one foot of the lighted globe and you will find that the red globe will speed up the movement of the radiometer tremendously. The yellow globe will speed it up about .75 of the rate of the red. The green will speed it up about ½ the rate of the red. The blue will move it about Ό as fast as the red. All of the globes being of the same wattage and operating in the same light circuit is proof that there is a difference in vibration in each color rate.
Chemical Affinitive Colors
The chemical affinities of different colors are as follows:
Infra-red (invisible thermal) - blue green
Red - blue
Yellow-green dark violet
Acids are substances in which electrical forces predominate. Alkalis are of a thermal nature, expansive and relaxing in character. It can be noted that medical laxatives are alkaline.
Electrical and Thermal (Part I), page 2
Properties of Colors
Color rays vary in their heating or cooling qualities, their effects on different body systems and their electrical, light or heating nature. Spectrum colors have the following properties:
What we have termed electrical or cold colors were formerly called actinic or chemical colors, the absurdity of which will appear when we remember that the warm or thermal colors are exactly as chemical as the cold ones, for without the aid of these, the cold color forces could not act chemically, and vice versa.
In other words, substances whose innate forces are manifested in the form of blue, indigo and violet colors, require substances which are active in the red, orange and yellow potencies, before chemical affinity can take place freely. To be more exact, the red affinities more directly chemically with the blue, the orange with the indigo, the yellow with the violet.
Thermal which is coarser than the red and just below it in the solar spectrum is the region of greatest heat and is invisible.
The red, yellow and blue constitute the most distinctive and important colors. The red and yellow, combined equally, form an orange; when yellow predominates it is yellow-orange, when red, a red-orange. Red and blue form purple, which nearly resembles violet; the pure violet of sunlight is a more refined element than ordinary purple, but cannot be got in absolute purity by means of any glass, though the blue glass, especially mazarine, will transmit a large amount of violet, as well as trans-violet, blue and some red. Red-purple is more rousing than the blue-purple but is softer than red.
Electrical and Thermal (Part I), page 3
While chemical affinity thus brings electrical and thermal substances together, chemical repulsion similarly causes colored elements to repel and stimulate each other. Thus a red light stimulates a red principle, like arterial blood; yellow light with some orange and red, stimulates the nerves, the interior elements of which are strong in these colors; blue cools the arterial, and intensifies the bluish venous blood.
We see then that chemical affinity helps balance extreme or one-sided conditions by bringing a contrasting color or substance; while chemical repulsion helps kindle into greater activity any part which is deficient in intensity.
Thus for the head, where the blood and nerves are predominant, we generally need blue or violet light as a balancing principle.
For the extremities, red is generally best.
For the thorax and stomach, purple is best.
For dormant liver and dormant bowels, yellow and orange.
For deficient menstruation, red over the womb; for too free menstruation, blue.
For a pale cold system the red is best, if nervousness is not too great.
For arterial, inflammable conditions, blue or indigo is required.
Each color causes a reaction on the retina of the eye, which tends to arouse the activity of its opposite or complementary color. One can test this by staring hard at any strong color for a moment in bright light, then closing the eyes or looking at a blank white sheet of paper, and watch the opposite color appear. Sometimes one will see the rim of this opposite color around objects, an effect of his own visual perception.
The general principle in color healing is to supply the color which the individual lacks, or to reduce a too abundant color which is throwing the body out of balance. The latter is accomplished by applying the opposite or complementary color.
Various colors affect the different systems in the body in different ways which it is also necessary for the practitioner to keep in mind.
For the nervous system:
Soothing: violet and lavender
Invigorating: grass green
Inspiring: medium yellow and orange
For the circulatory system and organs:
Soothing: clear dark blue
Invigorating grass green
Stimulating: bright red
Color Complements (Part II), page 2
A body part which is ailing is generally restored to normal by applying its normal color keeping in mind the above effects. The normal color of some of the body parts are:
Arteries: light red Lungs: orange, red, some yellow
Bowels: yellow with greenish red Medulla oblongata: dark red merging to
bluish white at spine
Feet: red, all warm colors Nervous system: bluish white
Head: blue, all cool colors Solar plexus: entire rainbow of colors
Heart: dark red Stomach: yellow with some blue
The complementary colors have a special use when focused alternately and consecutively creating a vital rhythm or reciprocal therapeutic effect especially stimulating and healing in certain cases. A slight over-exposure, for instance, would have yellow applied to stimulate the nerves and metabolic action, followed by a very short time under the blue or violet ray; this would act like a slight tap on a pendulum that is a little out of adjustment in the spring. Or, in a feverish and nervous condition, the soothing blue would be applied followed by a short period under the yellow. By the same principle ruby can be followed by a brief period under the green and red, like yellow, by blue or green. This alternating exposure should, however, be used with much care as it can easily be overdone.
The complementary colors can on occasions be used simultaneously on different parts of the body. In a bilious condition blue could be used on the head while yellow is focused on the abdomen. Typhoid fever should have blue used on the head and purple over the stomach, unless there is diarrhea, which would require blue over the abdomen. It would require experienced medical judgment, however, to use the colors in this way.
According to the experiments of another practitioner, he indicates that in treatment, to diminish certain effects, instead of using the color of the part, the complementary color could be applied. These colors he gives as follows:
Circulatory System Blue
Heart and sympathetic System
Glandular System Violet
Higher Brain Centers Yellow and Violet
Lungs and Cerebro-Spinal System Yellow
More information would be needed before attempting the following, but here is another report:
Color can be used as an anesthetic.
Dr. Kolar of
Supplementary Color Lesson
Treatments Which Have Been Recommended
Some older treatments of various diseases so as to explain the principles involved may prove dull reading, but a listing of treatments under the diseases will be helpful to the layman in applying the right colors for simpler ailments such as cold in the head, neuralgia, mild forms of rheumatism, sciatica and other ills for which a doctor is seldom consulted.
This listing according to disease will also enable the physician with his knowledge of physiology and pathology to select the right colors for the treatment of any disease even if not included here. All treatments are subject to further experimentation, and need to be updated with factual experience.
The colors generally to be used for excitable, nervous, passionate and choleric people are the soothing green, blue and sometimes violet. These colors usually are to be applied to the head, face and nape of the neck.
Lymphatic, inactive, cold and melancholic people need the stimulation or ruby, orange and yellow.
Ruby and red are also useful in treating consumptive
and anemic people to promote circulation and the formation
Sanguine, vital, flurried, full-blooded, red-haired individuals usually require blue or green; red being too heating for most of them.
Dark people of the Latin and Eastern antecedents with dark eyes and skin, black or dark hair frequently require their vital functions to be stimulated with red, as they are apt to suffer from poor circulation. They are excitable and passionate, however, in treatment and may also require the soothing color blue applied about the head.
Fair people of the Anglo-Saxon or Scandinavian coloring, with light hair, fair skin, gray, blue or hazel eyes, generally have good hearts and strong circulation but are frequently lethargic and pessimistic. Yellow therefore may be needed to stimulate them.
When treating a troubled condition, light may be applied to related areas as follows:
Brain scalp, face, back of neck, feet.
Spinal cord skin of the back, entire trunk and limbs.
Throat back of neck, spinal cord and throat.
Lungs inner surface of the thighs, front and back of chest, lower back, feet.
Heart part of chest over heart, feet and arms
Liver lower right chest
Spleen lower left chest
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Intestines kidneys, rectum, bladder, ovaries, uterus.
Prostate lower back, groin, loins, hips, feet.
Kidneys especially affected from the lower part of the chest front (sternum).
Stomach lower spine (dorsal).
Nervousness - over the stomach (epigastrium).
Intestines whole abdomen, especially the naval region.
In using color lights in therapy healing, it is generally accepted that for home use and ordinary practice, none of the invisible or deep infra red rays should be used.
Colors to Use
The best colors to use on various parts of the body are as follows:
Head and brain, nerve-soothing colors such as blue, indigo and violet with an absence of warm colors.
Neck and thorax, cooling with some heat, such as the cobalt blue glass.
Hypochrondrium, or central region of digestion, requires thermal colors such as red and yellow to stimulate the gastric juice, blood, muscles and nerves of the stomach and some blue or violet to stimulate the saliva and counteract the inflammatory effect of red.
The Umbilical region, yellow with a small strip of violet.
The hypogastrium and loins, a green glass has tonic effect, transmitting orange, yellow, green and blue rays, the first two animating the nerves and the last two cooling and tightening relaxed muscles.
Lower Limbs, warmest colors most desirable, orange or orange red.
Red is indicated in tuberculosis, paralysis, exhaustion, anemia, and all debilitating conditions. It is injurious in inflammations, feverishness or excitability as it irritates and disturbs these states.
Pink is a mild stimulant and a nerve-wracked person, especially a business man generally rejoices in pink radiations.
Yellow and Orange: These colors, being nerve stimulants, are valuable in constipation, impaired digestion, and abnormal pelvic conditions in women.
A reddish orange color is valuable in cancer and all malignant growths.
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Yellow is injurious to the over-excited system.
Green: This is a quieting color if not too dark, soothing to nerves and body. It should have no suggestion of yellow in it.
Blue, Violet or Purple: Blue and violet are nervines, astringents, refrigerants, and allay fever. They are soothing to the nerve and vascular systems and are indicated in sciatica, hemorrhage, cerebro-spinal conditions, neuralgia, rheumatism, and nervousness.
Violet, Indigo and blue, called electric colors, are soothing, cooling and antiseptic. Blue has a special action on the blood; violet on the nerves. Indigo, partaking of the nature of both blue and violet is soothing to both blood and nerves.
Neurosis, Cerebro-Spinal and Other Nerve Ailments
Blue is to be used on the head as a rule, unless the
head or cervix feels cold, in which case red should be used.
Blue is to be used for all inflammatory conditions applied along the nerve tracks.
Neuralgia: Apply blue over the temples, face and ears or wherever heat and pain are felt.
Paralysis: Blue is to be applied to the head and yellow to the paralyzed part. Ruby is advised on the solar plexus and yellow on the spine.
Sciatica: Apply blue to the back of the leg where the pain is located, and a short exposure of yellow on the lumbar region of the spine. Follow this with blue on the same place on the spine.
Hysteria: Blue should be applied over the head, solar plexus and abdomen.
Convulsion: requires blue over the back of the head and spine.
Apoplexy: Apply blue over the forehead.
Neuritis: Blue is to be applied to the spine and locally. Violet may also be used.
Epilepsy: Blue over the head, spine and solar plexus.
Insomnia: violet applied over the face and head.
The physician who knows the functions of each segment of the spinal column can apply stimulating yellow or ruby, or soothing green or blue, to definite places in order to produce necessary reflex actions and responses which may be beneficial for the particular condition. Chromotherapy can be used as spondylotherapy by the physician who has the necessary knowledge and skill.
Specific Treatments Which Have Been Recommended, page 4
Heart and Circulation
Red is the best color to stimulate the action of the heart and blue to soothe or quiet it.
Palpitation: Apply a brief exposure of blue over the heart, with ruby over the solar plexus and yellow over the abdomen.
Goiter and innocent tumors: Apply red or yellow unless there is an inflamed condition. Then blue is advised.
Rheumatism: blue is to be used in the inflammatory stage. Yellow, red and purple stimulate the affected parts. Blue alleviates pain. Apply yellow to the spinal nerves; to the lower cervical and first dorsal if the trouble is in the arms and hands; to the other dorsal and lumbar vertebrae if the thighs, knees and ankles are affected. The colon and bowels should also be stimulated with yellow.
Rheumatoid arthritis: A short exposure with red or ruby and a full exposure with blue.
Synovitis: Yellow and red should be applied.
Tuberculosis: Red and yellow are needed to stimulate the chest, or at times ruby. Stimulate the cervix with ruby. Violet destroys the bacillus of tuberculosis. If troubles with insomnia apply blue over the head.
Asthma: (Method 1) A short exposure of yellow and blue light alternately over the bronchi. (Method 2) Orange water may be used at frequent intervals when the attack is serious. If the system is emaciated used red and yellow glass alternately.
Hoarseness and relaxed throats: Alternate yellow light with a short exposure of blue and apply yellow to the cervix. Hoarseness also responds to blue water; as does the sore throat. For the latter apply a blue water compress.
Coughs: If dry, are best dealt with by indigo rays and water. Wet coughs yield to orange rays and water.
Pneumonia: It should be treated with indigo water.
Inflammation of the lungs, pleurisy, hemorrhages: Blue is to be used but the qualified physician alone should treat these illnesses.
Nasal Catarrh: treat with blue and a short exposure of yellow.
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Diptheria: Blue is to be used locally and over the solar plexus, and the cervix stimulated with yellow.
Whooping cough: Yellow and blue are to be used alternately, the yellow a full exposure and the blue a short one.
Organs and Alimentary Tract
For dyspepsia, heartburn, flatulence and stomach pain, a good purple glass will be found to answer, allowing the light to stream upon the hypocondrium. First thing in the morning or 3 hours after a meal orange-water, kept in an orange-color bottle, should be drunk. Foods which should be sparingly used include pastry, greens, cheese, pork and strong coffee. All foods should be perfectly masticated before being swallowed, and no liquid should be taken until after eating. In severe cases a cold-compress, using orange-water, will be of benefit.
Gastritis, nausea and indigestion: If there is a hot and cold inflamed condition apply blue. Ruby is always a good color for the stomach. Green can be apply for its calming action.
Sluggish liver: Use ruby and yellow. If there is inflammation use blue. In cases of biliousness, the liver will be benefited by doses of blue-water and purple rays. The water is to be taken several times if the complaint is obstinate.
Jaundice is best treated in the same way and a non-flesh diet eaten.
Diarrhea: Blue is to be applied over the abdomen.
Constipation: Yellow on the colon and abdomen will relieve the condition.
Kidney troubles: for nephritis allay the inflammation and irritation with blue. For dormant kidneys apply yellow and red on the lumbar region. The kidneys, if disordered by a cold, are best treated with blue light streaming on the affected part. If gravel be present, orange light and water should be used.
Inflammation of the bladder: Alternate applications of blue and yellow, the yellow to be given briefly.
Eczema: Treat with ruby or violet and blue, or blue alone.
Erysipelas: Use ruby and blue alternately, the blue exposure being longer.
Scabies, ringworm and other parasitic complaints: Violet superimposed with ruby will act as a parasiticide.
Wounds, scalds, burns: After being dressed they can be treated with blue.
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Blue is the most important color to use in feverish conditions.
Enteric or typhoid fever: Both head and abdomen are treated with blue. If there is constipation, use yellow over the intestines.
Smallpox: The arterial blood can be brought to the surface with red and yellow and the fever reduced by alternate use of blue. Red light will help to prevent pock marks.
Scarlet fever and measles: Yellow and red are to be used first in both of these diseases to stimulate the arterial blood. Afterwards use the blue.
Malarial and intermittent fever: Treat with blue during the feverish state and yellow during the chill. Purple can also be used during the chill. Blue is to be used on the head.
Yellow fever: Blue is the treatment on the head and yellow over the bowels for constipation.
Eye and Ear Ailments
Inflammation of the eyes: Blue treatment with ruby applied at the same time over the cervix and cerebellum.
Weak or Atrophied optic nerves: Stimulate with red. Blue and red superimposed can also be used beneficially. In doing this, a space of about an inch should be between the two sheets of glass.
Great care is to be exercised not to over-expose the eye. It is never to be exposed to direct sunlight or to strong artificial light, but only to diffused light. Several short treatments of half a minute of a minute are better than one longer one.
Ear: Deafness is best treated with yellow. Red stimulates the circulation in the ear. Blue will alleviate pain and inflammation.