INFTA is actively engaged in an ongoing dialogue with research institutes and organizations nationally and internationally.

It is essential that more research is undertaken in the area of Forest Therapy. We are still, for example, in the infant stages of learning about the positive effects which phytoncides – the bioactive molecules emitted by trees in forests – have on our metabolism. We also need to develop a better understanding about the recently discovered sociobiological effects, such as ‘biophilia‘ and how the genetically determined ‘nature-connectedness‘ affects our mind and body functions when being deprived of it.

Take a closer look at the research projects and collaborations INFTA is involved in. You may also like to read more in the latest publication on Forest Therapy:

  • Kotte, D., Li, Q, Shin, W.S. & Michalsen, A. (eds.) (2019). International Handbook of Forest Therapy. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Cambridge Scholars Publishing (in print).

The 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.