Forest bathing is beneficial to human health.

Abstract Title:

Effects of short-term forest bathing on human health in a broad-leaved evergreen forest in Zhejiang Province, China.

Abstract Source:

Biomed Environ Sci. 2012 Jun ;25(3):317-24. PMID: 22840583

Abstract Author(s):

Gen Xiang Mao, Xiao Guang Lan, Yong Bao Cao, Zhuo Mei Chen, Zhi Hua He, Yuan Dong Lv, Ya Zhen Wang, Xi Lian Hu, Guo Fu Wang, Jing Yan

Article Affiliation:

Gen Xiang Mao


OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of short-term forest bathing on human health.

METHODS: Twenty healthy male university students participated as subjects and were randomly divided into two groups of 10. One group was sent on a two-night trip to a broad-leaved evergreen forest, and the other was sent to a city area. Serum cytokine levels reflecting inflammatory and stress response, indicators reflecting oxidative stress, the distribution of leukocyte subsets, and plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1) concentrations were measured before and after the experiment to evaluate the positive health effects of forest environments. A profile of mood states (POMS) evaluation was used to assess changes in mood states.

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