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Monday, March 14, 2011

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VIVAnews - Want healthy? From now consider doing gardening activities. Gardening can provide tremendous benefits for both your body and soul. This activity is known as horticulture therapy.

Horticultural therapy has been known since the nineteenth century who coined by Dr. Benjamin Rush, as quoted from page She Knows. Dr. Rush was nicknamed "Father of American Psychiatry."

Dr. Rush believed it would bring up the effect of calming the mind, especially for people suffering from mental illness. Of beautiful gardens radiate positive energy to those who view and enjoy it.

Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association (CHTA) also revealed that horticultural therapy can improve social welfare, spiritual, physical, and emotional person.

Today, horticultural therapy is recognized everywhere as a useful alternative therapy to help the healing process by promoting happiness, peace, and contentment. Also, it can improve morale for the physically disabled and psychologically.

"This therapy typically uses a simple way, that only by doing gardening activity that works to increase physical function, cognitive, emotional and social development," said Margaret Nevett, horticultural therapist.

The narrowness of the yard for gardening not be an obstacle. Indeed, this can make a person trying to stay alive even though the plant on land that is minimal. Gardening, Nevett said, it also teaches responsibility and commitment to continue to keep it thriving.

"Horticultural Therapy brings individuals closer to the mysteries of life," said Nevett. "Gardening can provide meaningful work, providing opportunities to make decisions, develop cognitive skills and become part of the community. Stimulating the sensory garden to slow the effects of dementia, stimulate memory and help overcome the chronic condition."

According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), "This therapy can provide opportunities for individuals to better connect with nature."

The medical community recognizes the greatness of this therapy. There are many professional organizations in various countries that implement it. One of them at the Homewood Health Centre, a psychiatric hospital with 312 beds in 47 hectares of land in Guelph, Ontario.

Park property settings, including the rocky path, useful for recovering patients who suffer from addiction, schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, dementia, trauma, and various mental health problems.

If interested in horticulture therapy without professional therapist, you can start by making a simple garden in the yard. (Pet)

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