India's first forest healing centre inaugurated at Kalika region of Ranikhet in Almora district in Uttarakhand. It has been established by the Research Wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department after research on healing properties of the forests and also study its revitalizing impact on overall health and wellbeing. The centre has spread over an area of around 13 acres.
It has taken inspiration from the Japanese technique of forest bathing (shinrin – yoku), and ancient Indian traditions and based on theme like be silent, go slow, think less and feel more. There will be more activities like forest walking, tree-hugging, forest meditation and sky gazing.
According to Chief Conservator of Forest (Research) Sanjiv Chaturvedi “it has been found that because of typical molecular vibration patterns of trees, tree-hugging has a beneficial impact on the increase in the level of feel-good hormones like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine which creates pleasant effect on humans. Countries like Iceland forest department has also been making efforts to facilitate this activity for benefit of health purpose of local citizens.”
Set up in surrounding of pine trees which emits certain oil compounds to safeguard themselves from various microbes and pathogens called phytoncides. It has been found in various researches that these compounds help to multiply natural killer (NK) cells in our blood, which help in fighting infections and cancerous growth and enhance overall immunity.