The authoritative and immensely popular guide to shinrin-yoku, the art and science of how trees can improve health and general well-being. Perceive a tree's movement in the breeze. Appreciate its bark texture. Rejoice in its citrus aroma. As a society, we suffer from nature deficit disorder, yet studies attest that investing mindful, deliberate time with trees--the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing--can increase our health and happiness.
In this exquisite book--rich with over 100 full-color photographs of forests worldwide, including Japan's forest therapy trails--Dr. Qing Li, the world's leading authority on forest medicine, explicates how forest bathing can lower stress levels and blood pressure, enhance immune and cardiovascular systems, reinvigorate our energy, elevate our mood, boost creativity and concentration. Once you grasp the medicative force of trees, you can indulge in the beauty of the world around you.