Chromotherapy, or color therapy, is the use of color or colored light for therapeutic purposes. There is no standard education or training for practitioners of chromotherapy. Chromotherapy is not a licensed health practice in North America.

Chromotherapy is used for depression, stress, fatigue, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Chromotherapy is POSSIBLY SAFE when used appropriately. No side effects of chromotherapy have been reported.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of chromotherapy during pregnancy and breast-feeding. But so far there's no reason to believe that it might be harmful in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.


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  • Stress. Early research in healthy college students shows that blue light may reduce stress after a test faster than white light.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Fatigue.
  • Pain.
  • Cramps.
  • Headache.
  • Migraine headache.
  • Diabetes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Asthma.
  • Cough.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chromotherapy for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate or safe use of chromotherapy depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Chromotherapy practitioners believe that color can be used to correct energy imbalances which are the cause of disease. A chromotherapist applies specific colors or lights to specific points on the body called "chakras". Different colors have different effects. For example, red is thought to increase pulse rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. Therefore, it is often used for circulatory conditions. Blue is believed to cause relaxation and calm. Therefore, blue is used for headaches, pain, cramping, stress, and other conditions. There is no reliable scientific support for these beliefs.
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