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Calligraphy assists in medicine

This Friday, August 21, the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy was attended by unusual guests. A group of patients accompanied by the administration of a well-known mental hospital came to see calligraphy.

Calligraphy assists in medicine

Scientists proved calligraphy exercises a salutary influence over human health. Those who practice calligraphy are more attentive and concentrated. That is why the Museum decided to welcome such extraordinary guests by way of experiment.

Calligraphy assists in medicine

After a cognitive excursion the guests were in for a pleasant surprise. Chen Wenfu, member of the Chinese Scientific Union of Antithetical Couplet, continuator of the great dynasty of Chinese calligraphers – made a short live performance. The Guests to the museum tried themselves in writing calligraphy. Mr. Chen Wenfu appreciated the effort of his “audience” who, in their turn, were engrossed in the creative process.

Calligraphy assists in medicine

This day the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy also welcomed Valery Krasnov – professor, Chairman of the Russian Union of Psychiatrists, Director of the Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry. Mr. Krasnov shared his thoughts about calligraphy and agreed such events are really relevant for mental health improvement.

Calligraphy assists in medicine

The Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy is planning to organize such visits more often.

Calligraphy assists in medicine

For reference:

According to Henry Kao, PhD; Professor Emeritus (Psychology) - University of Hong Kong; Professor of Psychology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, calligraphy is the best remedy for health. Here are some extracts from his research work:

“…we examined the CCH treatment effects on mental and stroke patients. After a 3-month training schedule, the schizophrenic patients improved significantly in their positive hospital behaviours as well as their negative symptoms, while the control patients made no improvement (Fan, Kao,Wang, & Guo, 1999). In separate study with a 2-week CCH treatment protocol, the stroke patients made significant improvements in their palm strength and fine motor coordination”.

“…This paper has presented an overview of our research on Chinese calligraphic handwriting. These varied findings are founded on a theoretical formulation, on associated basic research, and on varied applications. As for the reasons behind all these positive effects of the practice of CCH, two views are offered. First, the act of brushing causes heightened attention and concentration on the part of practitioners and results in their physiological slowdown and relaxation, causing the subsequent changes in their emotions. Second, concurrent to these states, some cognitive effects occur in relation to a person’s attention and concentration as a function of the geometric characteristics of the writing script, which contribute to the facilitative benefits observed in one’s cognitive activities. We are currently developing our CCH treatment system for broader applications to cover English alphabets and Japanese and Korean scripts, with some success. We are optimistic that this new therapeutic system will be helpful not only to users of the Chinese script, but also to users of other writing systems”.

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Source: Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy

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