The Analysis of Research Trends on Forest Therapy in the Korean Journal

산림치유 연구의 국내동향 분석

  • Sung, Soo-Hyun (Group for Medical Knowledge Culture Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine) ;
  • Park, Jong-Hyun (Department of Pathology, College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Gu Haany University) ;
  • Lee, Young-Joon (Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Gu Haany University) ;
  • Han, Chang-Hyun (Group for Medical Knowledge Culture Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine)
  • 성수현 (한국한의학연구원 한의지식문화연구그룹) ;
  • 박종현 (대구한의대학교 병리학교실) ;
  • 이영준 (대구한의대학교 예방의학교실) ;
  • 한창현 (한국한의학연구원 한의지식문화연구그룹)
  • Received : 2014.12.29
  • Accepted : 2015.01.15
  • Published : 2015.02.28


Objectives The purpose of this study is to understand the research trend of reports on forest therapy so far and analyze the Korean medicine therapy being applied in forest therapy programs. Methods We ran a keyword search on domestic databases with the following keyword 'forest therapy, forest healing, forest treatment, recreational forest, forest bath, forest experience'. The search took place in December 2014 and there was no limit to search time. A total of 334 forest therapy articles have been selected. Results The number of research on forest therapy continued to rise from 1985, with 334 articles being published from 84 journals. When those 188 articles were sorted by their contents and methods, except 146 articles of survey on simple satisfaction, recognition and visting, 94 were clinical studies, 79 were literature studies, 15 were experimental studies. Of the 94 clinical researches, there were 52 CCTs (Controled Clinical Trials), 39 ODs (efficacy studies with either a controlled or an Other than controlled Design) and 3 RCTs (Randomized Clinical Trials). Among the clinical researches, there were a total of 21 studies that used Korean Medicine programs, and meditation was the most popular, being used in 18 studies. Herbal food and tea therapy and Qigong were used in 3 studies each, and Korean medicine music programs were used in 2 studies. Conclusions A systematic and standardized Korean medicine forest therapy program must be developed, and based on the program, more research treating diseases should be conducted.


Supported by : KIOM (Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine)


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