Safety, interactions


Although there are no documented safety concerns, the impact of color therapy on mood and autonomic function indicates a need for caution in those with known behavioral health conditions. There are no reported interactions of chromotherapy with other therapies. 


Cost, how supplied


The cost of chromotherapy depends on the discipline of the therapist. In the United States, behavioral health providers and rehabilitation professionals are the most common practitioners of chromotherapy. Insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs vary widely. 


Summary


Many practices, including the use of therapeutic touch, craniosacral therapy, and magnet therapy, are based on concepts similar to those of chromotherapy. As healthcare professionals, we must provide the basics of safety and efficacy for our patients. These decisions are usually based on the presenting condition and the potential financial burden for the patient; however, it would not hurt to make sure that the waiting and examination rooms are painted in calming colors.

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