Sure, your container plants make you feel good when you're at home. But now, there's evidence that they might help you feel better after stressful surgery.
Researchers from the University of Kansas wanted to test whether the presence of live plants in hospital rooms would have therapeutic benefits on post-operative patients. The factors they measured included length of hospitalization, vital signs, pain intensity, and room satisfaction.
The researchers found significantly reduced use of pain medications, lower blood pressure, and higher recovery satisfaction among patients who had plants in their rooms than those who did not. Potted plants helped the patients more than cut flowers did, because they lasted a long time, and patients interacted with them. They watered, pruned, or simply moved them to where the light was better.
It's old news that container plants improve indoor air quality. Now there's evidence that they can help people recover from surgery. Next time you or your loved one has to go in for surgery, make sure there's a lovely potted plant in the room.
For more information on this subject, see the study and abstract from the American Society for Horticultural Science.