First Forest Healing centre of the country was inaugurated on Sunday at Ranikhet in Kalika Uttarakhand.
The forest healing centre has been developed by the Research Wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department after research on healing properties of the forests and its revitalizing impact on overall health and well-being. It is spread over an area of around 13 acres.
Chief Conservator of Forest (Research), Sanjiv Chaturvedi, said, ”It draws inspiration from Japanese technique of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) and ancient Indian traditions and that basic theme is, be silent, go slow, think less and feel more.
The centre is spread across an area of around 13 ac, and was inaugurated by noted environmentalist Ranikhet Joginder Bisht. Regarding the activities, in which the visitors can indulge in the centre, Chief Conservator of Forest Sanjiv Chaturvedi said that it has been found that tree hugging has a very positive impact on increasing the level of feel good hormones in the body like serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine.
He added that the reason behind establishing the healing centre 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. Further, as per research, it has been found that these compounds help to multiply natural killer cells in our blood, thereby helping our body to fight infections and enhance overall immunity.