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Nature Therapy

Nature Therapy Can Heal: Learn More!

What is Nature Therapy?

Everyone knows fresh air is good for you. But did you know that exercising outside or in view of outside is more effective than exercising inside? Or that dementia gardens can improve memory? Or that PTSD and ADHD can improve with nature guidance?
Nature therapy describes the idea of healing our physical and mental illnesses by immersing ourselves in nature. We often find excuses to spend time outdoors due to our hectic schedules, but we can use nature to make ourselves healthier people.
How does nature work? Behavioral activation? Cortisol, vitamin D and serotonin level change?
Phytoncide inhalation? Immune system desensitization? All of the above?
The science of specific environments (blue or green, garden or meadow, VR or forest) is just being revealed. But studying and then prescribing specific nature therapies is reasonable, smart and innovative. Here’s a primer I wrote about Culinary Medicine and Nature: Foods That Work Together: it’s one of the most popular pieces published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Nature As Medicine

What is Earthing? What is Grounding?

Welcome to another installment in my “What is Nature Therapy?” series, part of my mission to create a compendium of well-researched scientific blogs on the various kinds of nature therapy out there. Nature therapy is a far more diverse and interesting field than people might realize—it’s much more than just

Mudding: An Ancient Treatment for Stress and Pain

Imagine lying on a massage table, a thick layer of mud smoothed across your skin with long deep strokes to help it sink in. For thousands of years, traditional medicine has considered “mudding” (aka a mud bath or mud wrap) therapeutic for the skin, joints, muscles, and the mind. Today,

What is Hydrotherapy?

Long-time readers of this blog know that I’m a huge advocate for nature therapy. In fact, the biggest problem I have with nature therapy? Not enough people know about it… including hydrotherapy. I’ve made it my mission to change that by writing informative deep dives on the various diverse kinds

Ditch Sustainable Agriculture for Regenerative Agriculture

You’ve definitely heard about sustainable agriculture or sustainable food systems before. Sustainability is a popular idea amongst environmentally conscious folks and can be applied to food, health, nature, industry, and more. The general idea behind sustainability is to leave your little corner of the world no worse for the wear

How to Make Your New Home Garden Organic

Nobody likes social distancing, but one of my personal favorite “silver linings” to this moment in time is how many people are turning towards home gardening and how to make your new home garden organic. Starting a home garden is great for so many reasons—it’s good for your mental and

Sauna Therapy: Sweat Out the Toxins

During times of high stress, especially physical stress, the body is in danger of accumulating metabolic build-up. Add to this all the toxins that get into the body through soil and water, the food supply, the air we breathe, and medications we take, and you’ve got a perfect storm of

Culinary Medicine and Nature Therapy Connect Through What You Eat

Dr La Puma with Dr Oz

Plants, Entrees, and Autonomy: Make Yourself Happier with How You Live.

Write A GreenRX… presented to MDVIP’s Annual National Meeting

Key Nature Therapy SubSpecialties

Animal Assisted Therapy

Blue Care

Care Farms

  • CareFarming UK (Care Farming UK)
  • Current Status and Potential for Care Farms (NJAS – Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences)

Culinary Medicine

Ecotherapy

 

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