Developing forest therapy programmes based on the health benefits of terpenes in dominant tree species in Tara National Park (Serbia).

M Zorić , Jelena Farkić , M Kebert , E Mladenović , D Karaklić, G Isailovic, S Orlović

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Abstract

Numerous medical studies have shown the positive effects of forests on different aspects of human health. This study deals with the content of major terpenes in dominant coniferous species in Tara National Park, Serbia, in order to explore the potential for the development of a novel health tourism programme based on forest therapy. Main terpenes were analysed using a headspace-sam-pling technique coupled with gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry (Head-space-GC/MS). Nee-dles of fir and spruce growing in the vicinity of hiking trails were investigated for possibilities to perform such therapy. Major detected terpenes were α-cadinol and spathulenol previously de-scribed as antiviral, antitumor, antimicrobial and immunomodulatory agents. The results of the study were favourable and worked well with the existing walking infrastructure in the observed area of the Tara Mountain, as they act as invaluable resources for designing the structured forest bathing walks. The study not only adds to the knowledge in the environmental and public health realm but also to tourism and sustainability studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • BVOCs
  • Picea abies
  • Abies alba
  • Shinrin-yoku
  • human health
  • hiking trails
  • tourism

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