Forest Bathing in Japan, and Climate Health

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-8-34-43-am A new study in Japan qualifies the effect of “forest bathing” on health. Is there a parallel with climate action?

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“From 2004 to 2012, Japanese officials spent about $4 million dollars studying the physiological and psychological effects of forest bathing, designating 48 therapy trails based on the results. Qing Li, a professor at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, measured the activity of human natural killer (NK) cells in the immune system before after exposure to the woods. These cells provide rapid responses to viral-infected cells and respond to tumor formation, and are associated with immune system health and cancer prevention. In a 2009 study Li’s subjects showed significant increases in NK cell activity in the week after a forest visit, and positive effects lasted a month following each weekend in the woods.

This is due to various essential oils, generally called phytoncide, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables, which trees emit to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better—inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function.”

One thought on “Forest Bathing in Japan, and Climate Health

  1. Solomon Furious Worlds

    I love this idea but, like any scientist I am skeptical. News reel often misinterpret or misrepresent the studies they are based on. Moreover, I am curious to see if this is replicate.

    On the less pessimistic side, if this reigns true, this gives us another reason to protect and preserve our planet’s trees. To think they could regurgitate our bodies like they rejuvenate the Earth.


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