Personal Health

What is the forest therapy?

Healing Spaziergänge: Today between the Bätrees „gebadet“? The medicine discovered the forest as a therapy room. It helps against Stress – but not only

Therapy Bätrees: In the forest, the man finds relaxation

The first steps can make all the difference. The earth absorbs the soft, the kicks. The Äste crack unmistakably under the soles. The looks strip über gentle undulations past Stä- trunks, and up to the grünen crowns, where the sun breaks in light and shadow. Linde air füllt the lungs. It smells of fresh coniferous wood and old Bläsetters. And we spüit was quite intuitive: the forest is doing well.

Big in Japan

Shinrin-yoku – the Japanese call the "Bathing in the Wald". The term füproven in 1982, the Japanese Ministry of für agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Since then, the Wald&shy is;bathing in Japan as part of a healthy lifestyle, is praised and maintained – and today is an integral part of national health care. The forest there is a prescription – and also in the USA and SüKorea the forest is Baden a recognized method of therapy.

The forest as a therapist

Due to its special micro-climate W&auml are;lder for the therapeutic use of – ­for example in respiratory – and cardiovascular diseases. Psychosomatic complaints can be alleviated. Für such purposes should be suitable to be Europe’s first medicinal forest particularly well. The area in the Baltic sea resort of Heringsdorf on the island of Usedom was appointed in the autumn of 2017 to the therapist. At the Küste located, ergäforest coins, and Maritime climate. A marked network of paths guides you through the healing Grün.

Stress seeps into the ground

The science has shed light on their effects: One of the first studies on Shinrin-yoku was in 2010 in the journal Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine veröpublished. Researchers at the Universität Chiba in Japan had 140 volunteers in 24 Wäwoods to walk sent. A further 140 people went on Streifzüge through the city. For comparison, the näthe next day the groups swapped.

The Result: The Waldspaziergänge could pressure blood, pulse, as well as the concentration of the stress hormone Cortisol in the Köthe body of the study participants is significantly lower. In subjects who were in the town, did not show these effects. But why?

Healing Terpenes

It is located on the many Grün? The peace and solitude? Or is it maybe the better air? Questions like these are answered to köcan, was 2012 Japanese Universitäten, an own branch of research für forest medicine eingeführt. And Yes, a part of the positive effects is, according to science tatsämainly on the air zurückzuführen.

But not necessarily because it is less burdened with pollutants, but because we breathe in the forest, chemical Compounds that the plants ab­to communicate, to – so­called terpenes.

Killer cells to multiply

This unzäcountless gasföit lies within the Compounds of the Bäume, Kräuter, mushrooms, Strätextbooks and Moose stäTurks according to Professor Qing Li from the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, our AbwehrkräRTD. Fäthe immune system hrt, more weiße Blutköbody cells are formed, so-called killer cells. This bekäfight not only bacteria, but also, for example köthe body’s own cancer cells.

Qing Li was in 2015 in the Fach­leaf International Journal of Environmental Research and Public ­Health veröpublished study show that after two hours in the forest, the number of killer cells in the blood to the Hähalf of the increase. On näthe next day, after a zweistüended hike at the Front and one in the afternoon, she climbed to 70 percent. Also, the concentration of some cancer-inhibiting Prote­ine was erhöht. The effect was maintained in subjects a week after the hike.

Also forest air shows alone, with measurable effects

Füin an additional Experiment, the Environmental immunologist Qing Li zw&ouml stayed;lf study participants in a Hotel. In the case of six of them &uuml was;on the breath of night, enriched air, with the air of the forest. And it is precisely in these individuals was at the näthe next day a clear höhere the number of killer cells could be detected.

All of which means natüof course not, that regelmäßige Spaziergänge in the natural cancer cure köcould. "The results suggest, however, that the forest the köbody’s ­Defense stärkt and Shinrin-yoku, therefore, quite positive on different Krankheitsverläufe impact kann", Qing Li says. Cancer patients about köcould the forest at least help with the side effects of your actual therapy better fer­tigzuwerden.

Forest bathing wakes them up

Two 2015 in the journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health veröpublished ­Studies of the Tokyo Medical Center in Japan examined, in addition to the physical, the psychological effects of forest bathing.

The research team led by Professor Hiroko Ochiai found out in a special Test, that of the forest in female as mämale study participants, the degree of dejection, irritability, Müspeed, as well as the tension and confusion significantly lowers. Thus, köcould prevent the natural experience of mental illness.

Optimal Forest-Dose

"A stay in nature has ­a preventive Effekt", Professor Peter Falkai, Director of the clinic and polyclinic f&uuml stresses;r psychiatry and psychotherapy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MüMunich. And the walk through the forest also has a therapeutic effect, is broken out of a mental Suffering already. Falkai: "If you have an anxiety disorder, a Depression or a psychosis, that is certainly helpful."

Only: when unfolded, the forest a schüprotecting effect für the soul? How high the dose needs to be? How often and how long you have to stay there? "Accurate weiß you nicht", Falkai says. The number of wissenschaft­­investigations on this topic is currently very üreview. Therefore, no study of the Verh&auml exists;ratio of the duration and effect of a walk in the Woods determined. "But twice a week für 30 minutes in the nature to stop, so you have enough light and air, I think für the Minimum Dosis", Falkai says.

Coniferous wood, light and water

With 11.4 million hectares in Germany to 32 per cent from Wäwoods. Enough Möopportunities to take advantage of this. But according to expert Falkai forest is not the same as forest: "An ideal therapy forest consists of Nadelhöwooden, offers plenty of light and water – Bäche, Flüsse or lakes."

So on to the place with linder air, where tree crowns, the sun breaks in light and shadow, and step-by-step the stress of everyday life in the soil seeps into! The forest is doing well.