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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

Why Nature Sounds Are Good For Us

Babbling brooks, twittering birds, rustling leaves… these are just a few of the wonderful sounds that nature can bring us. Maybe even just thinking about the rush of the ocean waves or the sound as the breeze moves through tall grass has already gotten you feeling a little bit more

7 Ways the Use of Hydrotherapy Reduces Stress

I think it’s fair to say that most of us would love to learn more natural, simple ways to reduce our stress! Might I suggest looking into hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy (or “water cure”) refers to the therapeutic use of water to stimulate the body’s healing force. Many beneficial changes take place

3 Reasons to Get Close to a Tree

Who doesn’t love a good tree? We can climb them, sit under their shade, and enjoy their beauty as they change throughout the seasons. We see and pass by a lot of trees in our lives as we walk down shaded streets, hang out in the park, or even tend

How to Get the Benefits of Exercising in Nature

By now, you’ve probably heard the news (unless you’ve been living under a rock): exercise is good for you! And if you’re a regular on this blog, you’ll also know that nature is good for you too. (That’s what ecomedicine is all about!) So it might not surprise you to

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

You’ve probably heard of sustainable agriculture. But have you heard of regenerative agriculture? Welcome to another installment in my “What is EcoMedicine?” series, part of my goal to create a compendium of well-researched scientific blogs on the various kinds of ecomedicine out there. Since there are so many kinds of

Digital Distraction: 3 Reasons To Ditch The Phone and Get Outside

Digital addiction is a real thing — and something those of us who grew up without connected devices would have never imagined. Sit inside and stare at a screen alone rather than play outside with our friends? Not in a million years. But babies entering the world today may see

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

 

Green Care

Forest Walking/ Shinrin-Yoku

Nature Deficit Disorder

Therapeutic Horticulture

Executive Summary

 

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