The first forest healing center is open to the public on Sunday at Kalika near Ranikhet, Uttarakhand. This healing concept is based on where people will be healthy by getting connected to nature.
This healing center is one of its kind in India where people are encouraged to hug trees, walk barefoot on the grass, lie on the back and gaze at the trees or look up to the sky to soothe their senses. For visitors to meditate, pretty little wooden structures are constructed so that they can meditate here with the sound-free surrounding.
This inspiration of having forest bathing comes from the Japanese technique of forest bathing ( Shinrin-Yoku) and reports have suggested that the healing center has been developed under the detailed study of revitalizing impact of forests on human health and it has been researched under the research wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department.
Noted environmentalist Ranikhet Joginder Bisht inaugurated the center which is spread across 13ac. Chief conservator of forests Sanjiv Chaturvedi said that tree-hugging would have a positive impact where it will increase good hormones in the body such as serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine.
Sanjiv Chaturvedi, also said that the reason to establish the healing center in a pine-dominated forest is that studies have found conifers like pine trees emit certain oil compounds, called phytoncides, to defend themselves from various pathogens and microbes.
As per research, it has been found that these oil compounds help to multiply natural killer cells in our blood which in turn helps to fight off infections and keep diseases at bay.