Art therapy is defined as the application of visual arts in a 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 human being retire and reach old age, the brain tends lose its function. Hence, drawing helps in visualizing the universe and expressing through painting. Art when tried with a group, is an excellent way of building healthy connections with people which in turn acts as a good healer for depression.
Art therapy is best recommended for people under pressure in the hectic world. The creation of art gives a chance to the participant to slow down and explore a different way of expressing which facilitates a feeling of lightness. The therapy doesn’t aim at making an individual a popular artist, it guides the mind to find meaning and connection for existence.
In TCM, the process is explained in terms of the Yin-Yang concept. The ideas or the thoughts are considered as “Yin” and the hands with the help of the paintbrush express 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 be altered or moved based on the requirement
- Water: The movements to attain the right structure make it smooth. Hence connected to 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