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Forest Therapy Benefit Reference List

Reference list of scientific evidence highlighting the benefits of Forest Therapy:

G.N. Bratman, J.P. Hamilton, K.S. Hahn, G.C. Daily, J.J. Gross. (2015) Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 112 (28) (2015)

Mark A. Flynn, Emery Veilleux, Alexandru Stana, A post from the woods: Social media, well-being and our connection to the natural world, Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 5, (100171), (2022).

Browning, Matthew & Lee, Kangjae & Wolf, Kathleen. (2019). Tree cover shows an inverse relationship with depressive symptoms in elderly residents living in U.S. nursing homes. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 41. 10.1016/j.ufug.2019.03.002.

Lee, I., Choi, H., Bang, K. S., Kim, S., Song, M., & Lee, B. (2017). Effects of Forest Therapy on Depressive Symptoms among Adults: A Systematic Review. International journal of environmental research and public health, 14(3), 321.

Hunter, M. R., Gillespie, B. W., & Chen, S. Y. (2019). Urban Nature Experiences Reduce Stress in the Context of Daily Life Based on Salivary Biomarkers. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 722.

Westlund S. 'Becoming human again': Exploring connections between nature and recovery from stress and post-traumatic distress. Work. 2015;50(1):161-74. doi: 10.3233/WOR-141934. PMID: 25167913.

Stigsdotter UK, Corazon SS, Sidenius U, Nyed PK, Larsen HB, Fjorback LO. Efficacy of nature-based therapy for individuals with stress-related illnesses: randomised controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry. 2018 Jul;213(1):404-411. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2018.2. Epub 2018 May 25. PMID: 29793558.

Roslund, M. I., Puhakka, R., Nurminen, N., Oikarinen, S., Siter, N., Grönroos, M., ... & Vari, H. K. (2021). Long-term biodiversity intervention shapes health-associated commensal microbiota among urban day-care children. Environment International, 157, 106811.

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