“Horticultural therapy” enables patients to communicate and get rest

David is a retired cadre of a public institution. Recently, he negotiated with the community property to develop a flower garden in the open space of the community garden. Davidg specially invited several old people of the same age in the community to put fertilizer on the flower bed, and transplanted flowers such as Clivia, aloe, cactus, etc., and specially planted some vegetables. A young man smiled and asked Peng Lao if he could not grow vegetables on the Internet, and ran to the yard to plant them. Peng said they were doing “horticultural therapy.”. It turns out that last month, Mr. Peng and his wife went to an old friend’s house to play, and realized the beauty of “gardening therapy”, and wanted to follow suit when they came back. “Horticultural therapy” is to improve people’s physical and mental conditions through the process of hope, expectation, harvest and enjoyment by engaging in horticultural activities and combining with spiritual input. People who are sick can help patients get treatment and rehabilitation, “Peng said Mr. Peng said that some nursing homes abroad are now carrying out “horticultural treatment” for the elderly, which is very fashionable and popular.

A national second-class psychologist and director of Psychological Teaching Department of psychological college, said that “horticultural therapy” is a new method of psychotherapy. By cultivating plants, observing the growth process of plant life cycle, experiencing and realizing the tenacity of life, we can make our body and mind happy, adjust our psychological problems, and re build our life and work confidence.

Song pointed out that the earliest “horticultural treatment” can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Being in the environment full of plants can effectively control patients’ emotions. Shi Xiaohong, deputy chief physician of Neurology Department of Henan people’s Hospital, said that because some old people are busy with work and life when they are young, many people are not adapted to the sudden leisure after retirement, which often leads to some bad psychology such as anxiety, boredom, and even depression. In the long run, it is very easy to induce physical and mental diseases.

Trying “horticultural treatment” can distract people’s attention. It is worth advocating that the whole body muscles can be exercised in the natural environment through such “moderate intensity” exercises as digging, fertilizing and planting.

“Some psychiatric hospitals have started to use horticultural therapy to help depressed patients recover.” Secretary General of the management psychology professional committee of  psychological society and national second-class psychological consultant, said that in some developed cities, “horticultural treatment” has not only become a fashionable health care method for the elderly, but also been used to treat depression and other mental diseases.

“Horticultural therapy” enables patients to communicate with each other in activities. In addition to planting flowers and fruits, planting experiences, they can also share family and work interests and even concerns with each other. “In horticultural work, no matter sowing or changing pots or watering plants, there will be movements such as raising hands and stretching from time to time, which is very beneficial to those who are usually neglectful of sports. For those who are physically handicapped or inconvenient to move, they can also get close to nature and spiritual comfort.” Cheng also suggested that the elderly, children and men and women in the workplace are the most suitable for “horticultural treatment”.

In addition to being able to touch nature, another key point of horticultural therapy is to be able to get rest and relieve people’s accumulated pressure in daily life and work environment.

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