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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CORONAVIRUS AND ITS EMOTIONAL IMPACT

isolation, social distancing and self-quarantine for many. There are a number of steps you can take to cope effectively with these prolonged periods of social isolation and quarantine.


DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP



Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed us to a whole new world. How are you feeling these days? Are you bored, disinterested, indifferent, fatigued? Are you tired of the monotony? Feelings like these can endanger your emotional health. Some experts have suggested it is like having cabin fever. This expression has existed since around 1900. Originally it referred to someone who was isolated in a remote area during the winter. Because they had to stay indoors for many days at a time, it could make a person feel trapped with feelings of hopelessness, isolation and depression. The New Cambridge Dictionary defines cabin fever as “the feeling of being angry and bored because you have been inside for too long.”


The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association characterize the symptoms of cabin fever as a lack of patience, feeling tired and being unproductive and unmotivated. There are periods of sadness and depression rooted in intense isolation and loneliness, along with lethargy. Some clinicians believe cabin fever is a sort of clinical syndrome, while others feel it is linked to such disorders as seasonal affective disorder and claustrophobia.


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be feeling additional stress. Health care professionals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge everyone to adapt to the challenges of this extraordinary time in our lives. The onset of coronavirus has led to