It’s a colorful world for some of us. There are many animals that can see color. We are one of them. Some animals have 2, 3, or 4 different visual cell types. Humans have 3 different pigments and can differentiate about 200 colors. Most sea animals can see colors and most insects as well. But alas, the poor dog has to be content with living in a world of black and white.
No object in the world really has color. Color comes from the type of light that objects reflect back into the world. Objects that reflect infrared color appear red, objects that reflect ultraviolet light appear blue, and so on.
The human retina is composed of two different types of cells: rod cells and cone cells. Both types of cells react when light strikes them, allowing us to see. But the cone cells are the most sensitive to light and allow us to see colors.
It has long been known that different colors elicit different emotions in us humans. Red is fiery and known to evoke anger. Blue on the other hand, is calming and soothing. White is a combination of all of the colors of the spectrum, while black is the absence of all color and denotes emptiness in our psyche.
Wearing a blue suit to work denotes power, while a brown one says that you are friendly and outgoing. Some colors can elicit different responses at different times. One study showed that the color pink is very calming if the wall in a jail cell is painted that color. It calms the prisoners right down.
But after a while, it has the opposite effect, making them get very angry. Green, like blue is a very calming color. That’s why many talk shows have a “green” room. It calms the guests down before they go out on stage. In the Middle Ages, kings and queens were able to wear three colors, the druids were allowed two, and the poor peasants were only allowed to wear one, under penalty of death. Royal purple has always been the color of royalty.
But now, it’s been discovered that color has a therapeutic quality as well. According to the Healthy Planet Magazine:
“Colors have been used for medical therapeutic purposes over the ages. There are assignments of colors to certain organs, functions or conditions in the teachings of Ayurvedic Medicine with the Chakra system and Traditional Chinese Medicine with acupuncture meridians.”
Light has even been proven essential to life. Some people become severely depressed in the absence of light, and small animals will die when kept from it. Studies have shown that handicapped children will become less aggresive when kept in rooms that were painted a soothing color of blue.
Acupuncture meridian assessment color therapy is used to diagnose low-grade infections. The theory is that we not only need light, but color as well to maintain our health. By using different colors in therapy, we can maximize the health of our bodies. It’s been proven in many scientific studies that color has a profound physical and psychological effect on our lives. So why not use color to maintain our physical and mental health?