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Positive physiological effects of touching sugi (Cryptomeria japonica) with the sole of the feet
Journal of Wood Science
In Japanese households, it is customary to walk barefoot on wood floors. This study sought to clarify the physiological effects produced via tactile application of sugi (Cryptomeria japonica) to the sole of the feet, using the brain and autonomic nervous activities as indicators. Twenty-seven female university students (mean age, 21.9 ± 1.9 years) participated in this study. Oxy-hemoglobin (oxy-Hb) concentrations in the prefrontal cortex were determined using near-infrared time-resolveddoi:10.1186/s10086-020-01876-1 fatcat:k7usjiaksjho3p4ckuzk62gblu