HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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at online reviews when choosing a new mattress. Always test the mattress in the store before buying it. Take your shoes off and lie in different positions on it. Spend extra time in your typical sleep position to evaluate the mattress’ level of comfort and support. Partners should test mattresses together. Look for the best value, not the lowest price.


The Sleep Disorder Center at University of Kentucky HealthCare is a local place of expertise that can diagnose and manage the majority of sleep disorders in children aged 18 months and older. With a referral, you can get a polysomnographic testing, or sleep study, that checks for sleep-related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. Anyone with loud snoring and daytime sleepiness should consider having a sleep test. Don’t ignore sleep troubles; sometimes they can indicate something greater going wrong.


Many benefits have been documented from getting a good night’s sleep, including being smarter, losing weight, reducing inflammation, improving memory, being more alert and reducing stress and depression. Now is the prime time to take the first steps to sleeping better and thus feeling better.

BETTER SLEEP = BETTER HEALTH

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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As the new school year begins, one of the best things parents can do for their young learners is to make sure they get enough sleep every night. Sleep makes a difference in school performance. The National Sleep Foundation (www.sleepfoundation.org) (NSF) recommends children ages 6-13 years get nine to 11 hours of sleep each night, and teens ages 14-17 years should get eight to 10 hours of sleep each night.


Poor quality and quantity of sleep is associated with health problems such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and mood disorders. University of Kentucky HealthCare lists behaviors that promote healthy sleep, such as maintaining a normal weight, exercising regularly, avoiding alcohol and caffeine especially close to bedtime, only going to bed when you’re sleepy and getting up at the same time every day. The NSF encourages having a bedtime ritual that includes a relaxing activity that does not involve bright lights or technology (so turn off your TV and laptop and shut down your phone). You should also evaluate your environment to set the stage for sleep. This means keeping the room cool and free from noise or light that can disturb sleep. It is also helpful to clear your room of clutter and distractions.


The mattress and pillows should be comfortable and supportive. It is a good idea to invest in a new mattress every nine to 10 years.


The Better Sleep Council (www.bettersleep.org) suggests looking