RE: Plants Help People Tolerate Pain
Re the findings of the good folks of Washington State University: I banged
my thumb with a hammer last Saturday while working in the garden and cursed
a blue streak. The garden was in full end of season gorgeousness. My hand
hurt like hell. Could it have been worse had I banged my hand in less sylvan
surroundings? I'm not planning on trying this experiment out any time soon.
I personally prefer brandy and a warm bath, but my wife - an RN - is no fan
of self indulgent men with boo-boos.
However, persons with AIDs, seniors and folks with all sorts of chronic
ailments use the Clinton Community Garden to recreate themselves, relax and
breathe. We have a club house residence for persons with mental problems a
few doors down. Both staff and clients say nice things about the garden,
draw pictures, walk about and the more together clients like to volunteer (
often more "sanely" than most of us.) Our volunteer bed gardeners try to
keep a multi-season visual show going for our 2000 + neighborhood key
holders ( many of whom will never get to the excellent NY Botanic or
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.)
Once I had wrapped up my thumb, I continued tinkering, pruning,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Laura Berman [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2000 9:56 PM
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> Subject: [cg] Plants Help People Tolerate Pain
> Hi Everyone,
> Here's something to ponder. Adam, surely you should have something to say
> about this.
> Plants Help People Tolerate Pain
> Results of a study which were published earlier this year in the journal
> Horttechology, says that people in rooms with houseplants can tolerate
> physical pain than those in surroundings without any plants, according to
> the study conducted at Washington State University.
> In the study each participant was asked to put a hand in a bowl of ice
> and keep it there for as long as possible, up to 5 minutes. The control
> group of 67 people completed the experiment while in a windowless room
> without plants or decorative items.
> Another group of 69 people went through the routine in the same room with
> several houseplants, such as lipstick plant, philodendron and bamboo palm.
> The remaining 62 participants took part in the experiment in the room
> without the plants but with the addition of colorful posters, a table lamp
> and other visually pleasing objects.
> Participants in the room with plants could tolerate more pain by keeping
> their hands in the ice water longer than either of the other groups,
> according to Virginia Lohr, horticulture professor, and research
> Caroline Pearson-Mims
> Laura Berman
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