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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disease in which the body mistakenly attacks the pancreatic cells thatmake insulin. It affects about 5 percent of all people with diabetes.


According to the CDC, diabetes and its related complications rack up $245 billion in medical costs, lost work and wages, up from $174 billion in 2010.


Similarly, more than 3 million people in the United Kingdom are being treated for diabetes, an increase of nearly 60 percent in the past 10 years. According to the charity Diabetes UK, the figures show the majority there also have Type 2 diabetes.


Dr. Joan St John, a GP in Brent in northwest London, where diabetes levels are some of the highest in the country, said the condition had become incredibly widespread. She told the BBC News Web site, “It’s very noticeable in that not a week goes by that you don’t make a new diagnosis of diabetes, at least one if not two or three; previously that might have been one a month.”

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. It is partly due to a lack of exercise and sugary diets. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes kills more than 71,000 people a year. If the current state continues, one in three Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050. The condition over time can lead to limb amputations, blindness and kidney failure, among many other complications.


Over 29 million American adults have diabetes. And a quarter of them don’t even know it. That’s up from 26 million in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and represents more than 9 percent of the population.


According to Ann Albright, director of the division of diabetes translation at the CDC, these new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in this country. The CDC makes its estimates based on a national sample of Americans who are asked whether they have been diagnosed with diabetes and give blood samples. They are not asked specifically what type of diabetes they have, but the vast majority have Type 2 diabetes, which is often caused by poor diet and lack of exercise.


Type 1 diabetes, usually diagnosed in childhood, is an autoimmune

DIABETES IS ON THE RISE

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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