Neurosciences: how art heals us
When you look at a painting, you feel a range of emotions and sensations. In response to a work of art, our body secretes substances that are found in certain medications: dopamine, serotonin, found in antidepressants, and endogenous morphine.
Art and health, initiatives are growing
Today in Montreal, if you suffer from depression or certain chronic diseases such as diabetes, or even if you are in palliative care, your doctor can give you a "museum prescription". It seems that following a chemotherapy with music helps to mitigate the side effects like pain, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, discomfort, etc. Music and visual arts are also used as a way to help Alzheimer patients revive their memories, their tastes, their identity...
In 2019 the World Health Organization published a report based on 900 scientific articles that show that the arts, whatever their form, provide psychological, physiological, social and behavioral support and a feeling of well-being. On this basis, the WHO made recommendations.
Source: France Culture and Dr. Pierre Lemarquis, Neurologist and author of the book "L'art qui guérit" (Hazan)
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