Some arts can affect health better than drugs, WHO warns

November 16, 2019  20:38

Some art, such as dancing, choral singing, drumming and painting, can have a significant impact on human health, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) found out.

Experts analyzed the data of several hundred studies over a 9-year period, versed in the relationship of art with various diseases. And some forms of art can be no worse than drugs. For example, breathing techniques that are used during singing are useful for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as with increased anxiety or depression. By the way, singing exercises improve protection against respiratory diseases.

Both choral singing and work on the creation of paintings or art objects, as well as group drumming, effectively help reduce depression, anxiety and anxiety. But patients with chronic heart failure, according to experts, it is useful to dance, and specifically waltzes.

The mastery of the art of calligraphy, as experts have found, helps to combat stress, hyperactivity syndrome and manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Commenting on the findings, the head of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Piroska Östlin, noted that the examples in the WHO report show how art can affect diabetes, obesity and mental health.

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