When the first colour researchers (1875 – 1880), Dr. med. Babitt, Pleasanton and others, published their observations and experiences in colour healing in order to put the healing powers of colours at the service of the suffering mankind, they were attacked in a mean way and ridiculed by the scientists in America. They did not even take the trouble to verify at least one of the experiments given by the colour therapists.
The Indian physician Dr. med. Dinshah P. Ghadiali went deep into the essence of every matter and, as a chemist, physicist and physician, also studied the cause and effect of colours. He encouraged his students to think “that they do not fall into the same mistakes, namely: to deny something because one does not want to admit that one understands nothing about it.”
Dr. med. Dinshah P. Ghadiali never speaks of illnesses, but of “disorder in the machinery of the human organism”, and accordingly regards healing as a “return to order”, in which the energies of coloured light play a decisive role.
Dinshah also devotes his attention to the changes of colours and their secrets. He asks: “Why is the tomato red and the cucumber green? Why is an unripe tomato green and turns red and an unripe green banana is yellow when it ripens? Why does green grass turn into white milk? But why does butter turn yellow from white milk? Why are the colours of flowers different and disappear after they die?
“Why are stimulants, such as pepper, red? Why does yellow radiation affect the digestive organs? Why does red radiation cause the formation of red blood cells (haemoglobin)? Why does red copper turn bluish-green in moisture (verdigris)? Why do not all colours react the same to animals and humans, in a different way? Why is it that the colour of a person’s appearance reveals an inner illness?”
“One could ask further questions without end – only one question I would still like to address to all those who deny the meaning of the colours in healing – why do they do this? Why can one make a destructive judgement about something that one has not applied, tested and tried”?
One of the most meritorious pioneers of colour healing therapy was Dr. Georg von Langsdorff. Thanks to him we have the discovery that red light causes the expansion of blood vessels and thus produces strong blood circulation. Blue light, on the other hand, causes a narrowing of the vessels and bloodlessness, which makes the skin insensitive.
An Italian named Morchini observed that steel needles, which he exposed half covered for one or two hours to the green, blue or violet rays, became magnetic. These are cold colour rays in contrast to warm, red and yellow rays. Another discovery of Morchini is that the red colour ray has the greatest efficiency of deep penetration. Red is known to have a wavelength twice as long as violet.
Red reveals itself to us in nature as the colour of movement. For example, we observe the rising and setting sun in red colour. Red colour rays are healing all kinds of movement blockages; they are effective to our heart, lungs, muscles, and are recommended for all colds, including rheumatism, sciatica, gout, etc.
Nervous disorders, on the other hand, which absolutely need a sedative, should not be treated with red radiation, but only with soothing, cooling blue rays.
There are many reports of success concerning skin diseases with red light: scarlet fever, measles, frost damage, lichens, which were cured with red light radiation.
Violet and ultraviolet rays have proven to be very curative in many diseases. Alternating with blue light radiation, they can have a beneficial effect on nervous disorders. Any kind of insomnia, irritability, agitation and anxiety are best cured with blue light radiation.
Yellow light has a beneficial effect on the nutritional organs. Stomach, intestine, liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder can be positively influenced by the energy of the yellow colour and even get healed in case of illness. Yellow colour has the hottest radiation, it is recommended alternately with red light also in case of paralysis.
The different colour rays cause different chemical transformations in the human body. Water, which is exposed to coloured radiation for some time, also undergoes these chemical transformations. (The intensity of the effect naturally depends on the energy of the sun or on the power of Watt of the electric lamp.) Sensitive people can even taste the change caused by the coloured radiation of water. Such observations were reported in detail by Reichenbach, the discoverer of man’s Od rays. His experimental subjects could always tell by the taste with which colour the water had been irradiated.
Influence through Colours
(a) Tests on animals
It is generally known that a bull or a turkey gets into great excitement at the sight of a red cloth. Sometimes this can also be observed with other animals, such as swans, roosters, geese, peacocks, etc. Professor Finsen in Copenhagen was exclusively concerned with studies of colour influences on small animals such as worms, insects, frogs, etc. He made the most interesting observations. It was amazing to him to observe that many animals have a special preference for certain colours and an incredible colour memory, for example bees. Cockchafers which ran over various colour plates, always turned around in front of the red colour plate – they seemed to be very restless. If they were placed in the middle of the red colour plate, they would quickly move away, while they crawled quietly around on other colour plates. Further experiments with cockchafers on colour plates showed that not everyone was afraid of the red colour. On closer examination, it turns out that only the male animals shunned the red, while the female animals remained calm.
The same calm behaviour towards the red colour was observed with female turkeys, chicken, cows etc.
The red colour only has a provocative effect on the male animals only, not on females.
(b) Experiences with human beings
Such observations help us to understand an ancient folk custom. An old popular belief says that red ribbons would bring illness and bad luck to male babies. That is why it has become customary to decorate little boys with blue ribbons, little girls with pink ribbons. Such customs, however, were based either on an ancient knowledge that had unfortunately been lost to us, or on an instinctive action of the folk soul. At earlier times, the folk soul was even more intimately connected than today with the wonderful forces of nature that are often still a secret to us.
Colour experts, including many medical doctors, have made experiments with colours in hospitals and convinced themselves of the health value of correct colour combinations. They first discovered that patients who are sick or recovering often have a real hunger for certain colours. Depending on the type of illness and the temperament of the patient, special colours are preferred, but never dark, grey and brown colours, but always those, which are pure and beautiful.
The whole range of spring colours is useful for weak and suffering children.
The Munich Society of Light and Colour Research had endeavoured to make the favourable effects of colours available to prison inmates as well. It was based on the idea that these inmates in particular needed to be raised by the powers of colours. Through numerous experiments on many sick people, especially those with mood disorders, they had come to the conclusion that the great healing and strengthening powers of colours could also encourage more or less the emotionally ill prisoners, or even refine them, for noble colours have a refining effect on the mind.
Mainly dark, brown and grey colours, also dark green, dark blue, black and violet, which oppress the prisoners, make them morose and melancholic. Several colours have a very different effect on different prisoners. Some colours make them melancholic, sad, capricious, irritable and cause headaches such as poisonous green, dark red, light red, sea green, etc. As far as colours with an unfavourable effect are concerned, some prisoners become dissatisfied, others brooding, and some quarrelsome. One did not yet suspect that bad mood may come from colours.
Light colours, sky blue, a beautiful spring green, yellow, orange, also sometimes dark red, pink, have a beneficial and cheerful effect on all people. It is of utmost importance to find the right colour. The fact that mentally handicapped people can also greatly benefit from right colours in their rooms has been proven in many experiments.
The investigation on healing power of colours will bring much to light, what you do not know today. So much is certain that we possess natural forces in colours, which, if correctly applied, can free us from the most diverse ailments.
…will be continued
With kind permission taken from the book:
Heilkräfte der Farben von Prof. L. Eberhard, Drei Eichen Verlag Munich
(Healing Powers of Colours)