"Imagine that your doctor prescribes you a new treatment. It’s pleasant and
enjoyable, and you can have as much as you want. Potential side effects include
spontaneous euphoria and being in a good mood. Not to mention, it’s free and
available all around you.
It’s not a drug or some other medical procedure that your doctor has
recommended. Instead, it is a ‘nature prescription’ – a recommendation to spend
time in nature.
Researchers from UNSW Sydney assessed international evidence for nature
prescriptions and their ability to improve health. They analysed 28 studies
that tested nature prescriptions in real-world patients. This research was led
by Professor Xiaoqi Feng from UNSW Medicine & Health and Professor Thomas
Astell-Burt from the University of Wollongong, who are the Co-Directors of the
Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab (PowerLab).
The systematic review and meta-analysis, published today in The Lancet
, found that nature prescriptions provided both physical and
mental health benefits. Patients had reduced blood pressure, as well as lower
depression and anxiety scores – and they had a higher daily step count.
“The evidence shows that nature prescriptions can help to restore and build
capacities for better physical and mental health. What we need now is to work
out how to make nature prescriptions happen in a sustained way for those people
with high potential to benefit, but who currently spend little time in nature,”
said Prof. Feng."
Via Future Crunch
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