Can nature increase healing?

Yes, evidence suggests this is true. In healthcare facilities, there is mounting evidence healing gardens function as an effective tool for reducing stress and improving mood in patients and caregivers. Many healthcare employees use gardens as an effective means for achieving an “escape” from the stress found in caring for others. Hospital patients viewing plants or nature for a few minutes can promote measurable restoration, even in acutely stressed patients. Patients heal more quickly, use less pain medication and complain less to staff. (Ulrich, 2002).