Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing," forest therapy is a growing trend both here in the U.S. and around the world.
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Radio Boston producer on a forest therapy walk through the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain to learn more. Guests , certified forest therapy guide, founder of Tam Willey Toadstool Walks. , Radio Boston producer. He tweets Chris Citorik @chriscitorik. Forest bathing in the Arnold Arboretum. Studies have shown that forest bathing can provide tangible health benefits, including lowered blood pressure, reduced stress, and a boosted immune system. (Chris Citorik / WBUR) Forest bathing in the Arnold Arboretum. Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, was first coined in Japan in the 1980's. (Chris Citorik / WBUR) Forest bathing in the Arnold Arboretum. Tam Willey, the therapy guide, encouraged participants to wander and explore at their own pace. (Chris Citorik / WBUR) Forest bathing in the Arnold Arboretum. Recent studies have suggested that just spending time around trees can increase natural killer cell activity. Natural killer cells, or NK cells, can help fight tumors or virus-infected cells.