International Handbook of Forest Therapy
The first International Handbook of Forest Therapy defines the scientific domain of this innovative, evidence-based and timely public health approach. More than 50 authors from around the world are brought together to offer their expertise and insights about forest therapy from a variety of research perspectives.
The theoretical discussion of the effects related to the biophilia hypothesis presented here is complemented by research results compiled across the last three decades in the fields of forest medicine and biochemistry from Asia. The book also highlights the latest developments with regards to forest therapy in a number of different countries, ranging from China and Australia to Germany and Austria.
The handbook constitutes a major milestone in research in this field. It sets the baseline for forest therapy to be implemented worldwide as a powerful and financially prudent public health practice.
Dieter Kotte is CEO of Causal Impact, Statistics and Management Consulting, Germany. He is also the Secretary and International Strategic Advisor of the International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (INFTA).
Qing Li is a Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Hygiene and Public Health at Nippon Medical School, Japan. His academic specialities include forest medicine, environmental immunology, and immunotoxicology.
Won Sop Shin is a Professor in the Department of Forestry at Chungbuk University, Republic of Korea and a retired Minister of the Korea Forest Service. He specialises in the use of forests for public health.
Andreas Michalsen is a Director in the Department of Integrative and Internal Medicine of Immanuel Hospital, Berlin, and Chair of Clinical Integrative Medicine at Charité-University Medical School, Germany. His research interests include naturopathy, traditional medicines, and public health.
“[This] handbook is a comprehensive, clearly written and well-illustrated one-stop reference point on forest therapy. It is truly transdisciplinary by presenting insights on the topic from biotechnology, ecology, education, environmental science, immunology, medical biochemistry, mental health, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology and public health. [It] provides a plethora of facts and argument when considering forest therapy, its theoretical underpinnings, implementation and effects. Thus, the handbook is a must-read for anyone interested in a non-invasive, drug- and cost- free way to reduce stress and improve physical health and mental wellbeing.”
Dr Petra Lietz
Principal Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research
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