Forest Medicine

Qing Li (Editor)
Society of Forest Medicine in Japan, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan

Series: Public Health in the 21st Century, Environmental Health – Physical, Chemical and Biological Factors
BISAC: MED004000

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick

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Imagine a new medical science that could let you know how to be more active, more relaxed and healthier with reduced stress and reduced risk of lifestyle-related disease and cancer by visiting forests. This new medical science is called forest medicine. Forest medicine encompasses the effects of forest environments on human health and is a new interdisciplinary science, belonging to the categories of alternative medicine, environmental medicine and preventive medicine. This book presents up-to-date findings in forest medicine to show the beneficial effects of forest environments on human health. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Preface pp. i-xv
(Qing Li)

List of contributors pp. xi

Section 1. Introduction pp. 1-2

1. What is Forest Medicine? pp. 3-12
(Qing Li)

Section 2. Evaluations of the forest environment

2. Physical factors in the forest environment
(Takahide Kagawa and Norimasa Takayama)pp. 13-26

3. Phytoncides in the forest atmosphere in Japan
(Tatsuro Ohira and Naoyuki Matsui)pp. 27-36

4. Psychological evaluations of forest environment and the physical variables
(Bum-Jin Park, Katsunori Furuya, Tamami Kasetani, et al.) pp. 37-56

Section 3. Effects of the forest environment on human health

5. Effect of the forest environment on physiological relaxation-the results of field tests at 35 sites throughout Japan
(Bum-Jin Park, Yuko Tsunetsugu, Juyoung Lee, et al.)pp. 57-68

6. Effect of the forest environment on immune function
(Qing Li and Tomoyuki Kawada)pp. 69-88

7. Effect of the forest environment on the endocrine system
(Qing Li, Maiko Kobayashi and Tomoyuki Kawada)pp. 89-104

8. Effect of the forest environment on sleep and physical activity
(Tomoyuki Kawada, Qing Li, Ari Nakadai, et al.)pp. 105-110

9. Effect of the forest environment on blood glucose
(Yoshinori Ohtsuka) pp. 111-116

10. Effect of the forest environment on cardiovascular and metabolic parameters
(Qing Li, Toshiaki Otsuka, Maiko Kobayashi, et al.) pp. 117-136

11. Effect of the forest environment on psychological response evaluated by the POMS test
(Qing Li, Maiko Kobayashi, Yoko Wakayama, et al.)pp. 137-146

12. Effect of the forest environment on the human psycho-neuro-endocrino-immune network
(Qing Li)pp. 147-158

Section 4. Effects of factors in the forest environment on human health

13. Effect of phytoncides from trees on immune function
(Qing Li, Maiko Kobayashi, Yoko Wakayama, et al.)pp. 159-170

14. Physiological effects of visual, olfactory, auditory, and tactile factors in the forest environment
(Yuko Tsunetsugu, Bum-Jin Park, Yoshifumi Miyazaki)pp. 171-186

Section 5. Green areas and human health: epidemiological studies

15. Green spaces and population health
(Richard Mitchell)pp. 187-200

16. The beneficial effects of green exercise on human health
(Jo Barton and Jules Pretty) pp. 201-220

17. Effect of forest coverage on standardized mortality rates of cancer in Japan
(Qing Li, Maiko Kobayashi and Tomoyuki Kawada)pp. 221-232

Section 6. Research into forests and human health- recent trends worldwide pp. 233-234

18. An introduction to the Forest Therapy Society of Japan, Forest Therapy ® and Forest Therapist ®
(Michiko Imai)pp. 235-244

19. Forests and human health - recent trends in Japan
(Juyoung Lee, Bum-Jin Park, Yuko Tsunetsugu, Yoshifumi Miyazaki)pp. 245-260

20. Forests and human health - recent trends in Korea
(Won Sop Shin)pp. 261-268

21. Forests and human health - recent trends in China
(Minghao Meng, Yiwu Yu, Qunhui Xue)pp. 269-278

22. Research into forests and human health- current status and trends in Europe
(Christos Gallis, Marcus Sangster, Gunnar Tellnes, Giovanni Sanesi, Liz O’Brien, Bjarne Holmbom and Kari Batt-Ra)pp. 279-310

Index pp. 311-318

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