Definition of Forest Bathing
Forest bathing and forest therapy (or shinrin-yoku) broadly means taking in, in all of one’s senses, the forest atmosphere. Not simply a walk in the woods, it is the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. It was developed in Japan during the 1980s, and in 1982 Japan made this form of mobile meditation under the canopy of living forests a part of its national health program. Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have established a growing body of scientific literature on the diverse health benefits.
This section is designed as a jumping-off point. We’ve “spotlighted” just a few medical studies on forest bathing to introduce you to the nature and diversity of the research. Consider it a springboard to the RESEARCH area.
The heart of the portal. Search the Natural Standard, Cochrane and PubMed databases – and the search engine TRIP – for clinical studies about forest bathing‘s impact on numerous health issues.
Investigate the clinical trials currently underway for forest bathing. Where they’re being conducted around the world – which health conditions are being studied – and how to get involved.