Heart Views

: 2021  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 306-

Can art be used as medicine?

Rachel Hajar 
 Department of Cardiology, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

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Dr. Rachel Hajar
Department of Cardiology, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha

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Hajar R. Can art be used as medicine?.Heart Views 2021;22:306-306

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Art can be medicine. Art is a nonverbal way of telling stories. In a nonintimidating way, art therapy can help people decrease and manage emotional suffering. Emotional trauma can happen to any one of us, at any given time. No one is immune. When emotional trauma is left untreated and unresolved, it often leads to physical, psychological symptoms and poor health. There are no quick fixes, but there is help. Art therapy (often under-appreciated) is a clinical modality with medically proven benefits. Looking at visual art (paintings, drawings, and sculptures), listening to music, and attending plays and theatrical performances have proven health benefits. Expressive art such as expressive writing can help heal emotional wounds. Creative activities can relieve stress, aid communication, and help arrest cognitive decline.