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Color & Physical Effects

A study at JOHN HOPKINS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE in Baltimore involved patients being given a color square called "bubblegum pink" which helped to reduce the appetite and related snacking. This same color has reduced violent tendencies in prisoners as well as calmed mental patients.

Additional studies show the effect of colored lights on our muscles. When subjects were using a handgrip and were exposed to blue light, their grips lightened. When muscles were exposed to red light, the electrical activity in them increased, thereby resulting in the subjects' grips tightening and becoming very strong.

Full spectrum lighting is now being used to treat depression. Colored lights are being used for various ailments. Experiments have been conducted with yellow light to heal muscle cramps, hypoglycemia, and gallstones, and red light to treat some skin problems.

Color is being used in some relaxation techniques quite effectively.

Where there is light there is dark. FYI, color is also used in brainwashing techniques!

Color & Psychological Effects: Here's an interesting illustration. Wearing red to a business meeting gives a powerful sense of authority and command, rendering others speechless. You become a psychological trigger as in a stop sign, resulting in people being quiet and listening. This does work to some extent, with the exception being the person who runs stop signs! An article on paint colors and their psychological effects states, red can be energizing. blue can be tranquil, green calms, yellow like sunshine is warm and welcoming, and copper, pewter, and taupe inspire a sense of comfort and security. Now depending on the kind of color, red, for instance, and there are hundreds for one hue, they can have a very different effect on different people. And that applies to all colors and their variations.

Color Healing in Ancient Times: Arab physician Avicenna, a disciple of Aristotle, used color in both diagnosis and treatment. Ancient Egyptians used color in their healing practices, even making colored salves and medicines.

Color is a vast and interesting subject, with a lot of data available to read and learn from.

Appreciate color as a powerful tool, one that we can wield in a most beneficial way. Create new places and impact your personal spaces with Colors that Matter.