Therapeutic gardens are all set to make a difference to
people's lives and heal them in better ways than conventional medicine. A now
rapidly growing branch of alternative medicine, therapeutic gardening is a new
way of healing, mostly catering to patients suffering from depression.
gardens are mostly found in special hospitals where natural therapies are
encouraged and also in retirement communities and out-patient cancer centers.
There are different types of therapeutic gardens including restorative gardens
(for psychiatric patients), Alzheimer's gardens (for dementia residences),
cancer gardens (for cancer patients), meditation gardens (for religious
institutions and schools) and general healing gardens (for acute care hospitals
and other healthcare facilities).
journalist Richard Louv, has researched on using nature and pets as a healing
process. His research on 'eco-psychology' has clear evidence of the therapeutic
value of plants, and has demonstrated how re-connecting with the nature can
have improved effects on one's health, including reduced muscle tension and
stress, and lowered blood pressure.
suffering from chronic and/or post traumatic stress can benefit a lot from
therapeutic gardening. Dr Cosmo Hallstrom, a psychiatrist in Chelsea, claims
that gardening in general, provides distraction, which is vital for people
suffering from depression.
When struck by
depression, one attempts to isolate himself from the surroundings, which
ultimately aggravates the condition by impacting the physical well-being. In
such a scenario, turning to gardening could provide relief and distract one
from the mental chaos.
why therapeutic gardening works so well is that, plants in general are known to
produce life-giving oxygen. Abundance of oxygen in the blood actually heals the
internal organs, purifies the blood, eliminates toxins and strengthens
immunity, thereby speeding up the healing process.
So the next time
you're depressed, get the shovel out and indulge in Mother Nature's blissful