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Shinrin yoku: healing for body and mind
Various researches in Japan and around the world are concerned with both the psychological and physiological effects of shinrin yoku on humans. Therefore, current research results show various health effects of forest bathing.

On the one hand, spending time in forests has a stress-reducing and mood-enhancing effect. The so-called phytoncides are responsible for this. These are volatile organic compounds that plants emit to ward off bacteria, fungi and insects. When inhaled, phytoncides trigger a feeling of calm in humans and lower blood pressure and the activities of the prefrontal cortex. The stress hormone cortisol is also reduced. Heart rate variability is also improved, which is responsible for how well the heart deals with stress.

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