Forest bathing : how trees can help you find health and happiness / Dr. Qing Li.

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      Summary: "The definitive guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or the art and science of how trees can promote health and happiness. Notice how a tree sways in the wind. Run your hands over its bark. Take in its citrusy scent. As a society we suffer from nature deficit disorder, but studies have shown that spending mindful, intentional time around trees--what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing--can promote health and happiness. In this beautiful book--featuring more than 100 color photographs from forests around the world, including the forest therapy trails that criss-cross Japan--Dr. Qing Li, the world's foremost expert in forest medicine, shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels and blood pressure, strengthen your immune and cardiovascular systems, boost your energy, mood, creativity, and concentration, and even help you lose weight and live longer. Once you've discovered the healing power of trees, you can lose yourself in the beauty of your surroundings, leave everyday stress behind, and reach a place of greater calm and wellness."-- Provided by publisher.
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LJ Reviews 2018 May #1

From off the beaten path comes forest medicine expert Li's (chair, Japanese Society for Forest Medicine) definitive guide to forest therapy. An immunologist at Tokyo's Nippon Medical School and later Stanford University's School of Medicine, Li says the antidote to many of life's stresses lies in the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, a method of tree bathing, or savoring nature and all it has to offer. He combines scientific research that links the benefits of forests to human health and expands on this knowledge in a walking journey of the outdoors, identifying the sights and scents of the natural environment that relax and rejuvenate the body. VERDICT Simply perusing the many photographs of trees that accompany the calming text is sure to soothe the most resistant of hearts.

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