Art therapy is defined as application of visual arts in therapeutic context. Art is one of the forms of expressing thoughts. The brain is very creative and in Chinese medicine it is believed that as we human being retire and reaches the old age the brain tends lose its function. Hence, drawing helps in visualising the universe and expressing through painting. The art when tried with group is an excellent way of building healthy connections with people which in turn acts as good healer for depression.
The therapy is best recommended for people under pressure in the hectic world as the creation of art gives a chance to slow down and explore a different way of expressing which makes you feel lighter. The therapy doesn’t aim at making an individual a popular artist, it guides the mind to find the meaning and the connection for existence (Rtor.org, 2018).
In TCM, the process is explained in term on Yin-Yang concept. The the ideas or the thoughts are considered as “Yin” and the hands with the help of paintbrush expresses emotions which is considered as “Yang”. Additionally, this is also related to the five elements:
Metal: The clear or structure of the figures or the patterns drawn through imagination
Wood: The paintbrush used to draw the emotions can easily altered or moved based on the requirement
Water: The movements to attain the right structure make it smooth. Hence connected the element water
Earth: The brain and muscles in the hands helps in coordination to get the desired results. Thus, being supportive in the action, it is related to the element “Earth”
Fire: The element represents the vigorous emotion and any furious emotions expressed is depicted through fire or red