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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DO YOU SUFFER FROM NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE?


Positive body image doesn’t happen immediately, but continuing these practices over time will help you reframe the way you view your body.

According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org), an estimated 30 million people in the United States will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives, and 10 million of those people are men.


If you’re a man who struggles with body image, you’re not alone. Body image may not be as widely talked about with men as it is with women, but since men make up a third of those who suffer from eating disorders, it’s clear plenty of men are dissatisfied with their bodies.


Because the topic is so hush-hush, it’s not as easy for men to find advice about how to overcome negative perceptions of their appearance. Not seeking the right help, however, can be detrimental to your physical and mental health and wellness.


What is body image? Body image is how you view and perceive your physical appearance. Height, shape, weight – all your physical features are under your own judgment and your attitudes toward them make up your body image.


A man with a negative body image likely feels shame, anxiety and insecurity about his shape, size or features. Men feel the same pressure as women to maintain certain physical features. You may see celebrities and bodybuilders in the media and feel you need to have a bigger physique. Maybe you’re self-conscious of your height and wish

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you were taller. Fixating on those perceived flaws results in negative body image.


Positive body image means you have a clear and honest perception of your physique. You see your body as it is rather than labeling parts good or bad. A man with a positive body image feels comfortable and confident in himself. He accepts his body’s shape and size and recognizes the separation between physical appearance and one’s character and value as a person.


Having a healthy body image is an important part of mental wellness, but as we start internalizing messages about our bodies, it’s easy to develop a negative body image. Negative body image can lead to serious issues such as depression, eating disorders and low self-esteem. A January 2014 study found adolescent boys who were concerned with their weight were more likely to be depressed or engage in high-risk behaviors such as binge drinking.


If you have negative feelings about your looks, here are some healthier ways of thinking about your body: