Ayurvedic Therapy and Colors

Ayurvedic Therapy and Colors

In Ayurvedic treatment, the healing properties of color shades are also used. There is a correspondence between the primary colors of the rainbow, the tissues of the body (dhatus) and the doshas, ​​which allows the energy of color to be used to bring about balance in the mind and body.

Color is nothing but light, and light is radiant energy absorbed and emitted by atoms. The source of light in our solar system is the Sun, and any colors we perceive come from the sun’s rays. When we pass the color of the sun through a prism, it separates into the seven colors of the rainbow. In the absence of all colors, we get black, darkness. So black is the “negative” color and white is the “positive” color.
You can improve your health and well-being by choosing the right colors for your clothes and for your home and work environment. To use color vibrations for therapy, you can wrap a white transparent container of water in colored film or paper, expose it to sunlight for about four hours, and then drink the water.


Ayurveda three doshas icons, mandalas. Vata, pitta and kapha doshas. Ayurvedic body types. Vector illustration
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Red is stimulating and warming. It calms agitated vata and reduces excess kapha. However, due to its warming effect, excessive use of the color red can excite pitta and lead to inflammatory disorders such as conjunctivitis. Red is associated with blood. It stimulates the formation of red blood cells and improves blood circulation. In addition, it helps to maintain skin color, tones the bone marrow and nervous tissue. Pink has a milder effect, promoting love and calmness, but in kapha individuals it can increase apathy and drowsiness.


Ayurveda elements ether, air, fire, water and earth and the three corresponding relevant doshas named vata, pitta, kapha – Ayurvedic symbols of body constitution types. Credit: PeterHermesFurian

Like red, orange is a warming color. It is a sexually stimulating color that gives strength and energy to the genitals. Paradoxically, orange helps celibate spiritual seekers to renounce sexual relationships and transform sexual energy into Higher Consciousness. Orange balances vata and kapha, but can be stimulating to pitta. It has antimicrobial and bacteriostatic properties (inhibits the growth of bacteria).


The five Ayurveda elements Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Ether. Vector illustration on white background. Circular icons.
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Yellow color reduces excess Vata and Kapha. It promotes intelligence and understanding and helps lift energy to the higher chakras for spiritual awakening. The yellow color has a decongestant effect that helps eliminate kapha-type congestion. In addition, it has antimicrobial properties. Exposure to yellow causes the accumulation of bile and increases pitta.


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This color has a calming effect on the body and mind and evokes a feeling of freshness. It softens emotions, energizes the heart chakra and fills the heart with a sense of happiness. Green color has a calming and calming effect on pitta, but can excite vata and kapha. Green helps heal ulcers and promotes scarring.

Cyan (blue)

Chart with three Doshas and their five Ayurveda elements – Vata, Pitta, Kapha – Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Ayurvedic symbols of body constitution types. Chart with explanation. Credit: PeterHermesFurian

Blue is a cooling color that calms agitated pitta. It has a calming effect on the body and mind and helps treat liver disorders. If a child has jaundice, then blue (blue) light illumination will help him recover faster. Blue is the color of Pure Consciousness. Excessive exposure to blue (blue) color can excite vata and kapha and even cause congestion.


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This is the color of Cosmic Consciousness. It awakens awareness, creates lightness in the body and helps open the doors of perception. Violet reduces excess pitta and kapha, but can excite vata.

Gold and Silver

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Gold, the color of the Sun, is a warming color that is good for vata and kapha. Silver is associated with the Moon and is cooling and calms Pitta.


Colors and types of constitution

For each type of constitution, some colors have a calming and balancing effect, while others excite. 

Vata people should minimize the use of dark and cool colors, including blues, browns, and blacks. On the other hand, too hot, bright colors can be overly stimulating for Vata individuals who are prone to hyperactivity. Therefore, it is better to choose warm pastel shades of sunny yellow and green, combined with a little red and orange. 

With a pitta constitution cool, soft colors work well. Violet color is very good, in combination with silver (including silver jewelry) and blue-green. Be careful with reds and oranges that can ignite pitta, and keep yellows and golds to a minimum. Avoid black.

To balance kapha, with its tendencies towards apathy and mental and physical inertia, bright, stimulating, bold colors are good. Red, orange, yellow and gold work well. Even if you think green, blue or white suits you, these colors are not good for you in terms of health.

Adapted from  krasota-i-zdorove

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