Phytoncides – The Terpene Based Substances

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Phytoncides – The Magic from Plants

The concept of Phytoncide was proposed by Dr. Boris P.Tokin, a Russian biochemist in 1928, He wrote a book named “Phytonzide” in 1956. Then a Japanese doctor, Kamiyama Keizou (神山惠三) wrote another book also about Phytoncides with Dr. Boris in the 1980s, named “植物の不思議な力=フィトンチッド. When the book published, phytoncides became a popular word, full of magic. In the Taiwan region, Phytoncides is known as “芬多精”.

Phytoncides are volatile organic compounds derived from plants. The phytoncides effect sterilization and antimicrobial activities. They also heal man diseases effectively. The researchers found Phytoncides mainly contain α-pinene, β-pinene, 1,8-Cineole, γ-Terpinene, Camphene, Limonene. That means Phytoncides are Terpene-based monomers.

Schematic diagram for synthesis of terpene compounds emitted from plants. © Correlation between Terpenes Emission From Typical Forest Tree Species and Environmental Elements in Temperate Zone, 2016

The patents of Phytoncide were widely registered in Asia region. Air fresheners are the most mature application. Such as the car perfumes, toilet deodorants. Phytoncide used as active ingredients for the cigarette filter is the new innovation. Terpene-based ingredients strengthen the filtration ability of filter to tobacco tar, also bring the greeny scent to customers. In the personal care market. Terpene-based ingredients also effect disinfect property.

Change the tabs and learn about the commercial application by Phytoncides.

  • Car Perfume
  • Cigarette Filters
  • Filter Screen for Air Conditioners
  • Formaldehyde Removers
  • Incense Ingredients for Electric Burners
  • Toilet Deodorants
  • Face Mask
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Intimate Wash
  • Laundry Detergents
  • Shaving Soothing
  • Eco-type Paints

Forest Therapy

Kamiyama Keizou found coniferous forest contains the high purity of Phytoncides. Such as Japanese cypress mainly contains α-Pinene. Japanese red pine rich contains α-Pinene and α-Terpinene. The foliage releases different concentrations of Phytoncides in a day by the time. The volatile organic compounds content is also according to plant species. So the plant affects different degrees of healing abilities on the medical application.

Forest Therapy is an important supporting treatment. The “Forest Medicine Science” is an interdisciplinary subject from the perspective of medicine to study the functions of forests in the treatment, rehabilitation, health care and recuperation of the human body.

Some studies result that forest therapy can reduce sympathetic activity, increase parasympathetic activity, and reduce the secretion of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine in saliva, and can stabilize autonomic nervous activity.

Disease Name Treatment Effects Disease Name Treatment Effects
Obesity to be confirmed Asthma to be confirmed
Hypertension confirmed Obsession confirmed
Diabetes to be confirmed Menopause disorder confirmed
Hyperlipidemia to be confirmed Psoriasis and Hair Loss confirmed
Myocardial infarction confirmed Alcohol dependence confirmed
Chronic occluded pneumonia to be confirmed Palpitation confirmed
Peptic ulcer confirmed Eating disorders confirmed
Enteritis anaphylactica confirmed

Terpene Chemicals Supply Chain

Terpene compounds were undervalued for a long time. Now the monoterpenes are gradually valued by manufacturers because the customers’ demand for the eco-type products is becoming more and more intense.

Woody plants are the key source of oleoresin chemicals. The species are rich contain monoterpene substances. Foreverest® focuses on the monomer extracts from pines, camphor trees, and eucalyptus.

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