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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and the sperm and egg are combined in a laboratory dish. The resulting embryo is transferred to the uterus. Success rates for IVF depend on many variables, including the cause of infertility, age of the parents-to-be, life-style choices and reproductive history.


To find out what option may be best for you, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests couples see a reproductive endocrinologist. The specialist will gather a medical and sexual history from both partners. If you agree, the specialist may do a semen analysis, tubal evaluation and ovarian reserve testing. The doctor will consider how long you have been infertile and ask your preference for treatment after understanding the risks versus rewards and success rates of the options. Everything is individualized and tailored to the particular couple’s needs and situation.


RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, says the best thing you can do is listen to your body, get regular checkups and share helpful information with your doctor. Early detection and treatment of any problems are vital to having a positive pregnancy outcome. You can start with your gynecologist, who can discuss strategies such as how to better time intercourse with ovulation. The good news is


 

INFERTILITY AFFECTS BOTH WOMEN AND MEN

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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there is a lot of help available, and it is highly unusual that a couple will not find an option that can be successful for them and allow them the chance to raise a happy, healthy family.

It may surprise you to know men and women can be affected by infertility almost equally. The American Pregnancy Association names declining sperm counts, testicular abnormalities and decreased reach of climax as causes of infertility in men. For women, the causes include tubal blockage, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome and advanced maternal age, which affects egg quality and quantity.


Infertility is on the rise. There are many factors for it, one of which may be couples are waiting until later in life to start a family. There is also an increase in sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia that can block tubes and prevent pregnancy from happening in general.


Some people wonder how long they should try to conceive before they declare themselves infertile. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine encourages women to see their doctor if they are under 35 years of age and have been trying to conceive for more than 12 months or if they are over 35 years of age and have been trying to conceive for over six months.


Fertility treatments can be mild to invasive. They can be as simple as lifestyle changes or modifying diet and taking vitamins or they can involve advanced treatment such as medication or assisted reproduction. You may have heard about in vitro fertilization (IVF), a process in which eggs are extracted, a sperm sample is retrieved