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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Are you a person with cancer who wants to create a safe, comforting place to express your feelings about dealing with the disease – a place where you can be yourself and find solace? Perhaps you want to write stories about your experience with cancer and how it is affecting you. Do you want to gain deeper insight into who you are and what this illness is about? For any or all of these reasons and more, a journal may be a satisfying and helpful instrument.


In rereading a journal, you will find proof you lived through situations that seemed unbearable. You looked around and wrote down observations. You may feel stronger and wiser when you look back on your former condition and admire the courage of your earlier striving.


Fear can be one of cancer’s worst side effects. For all patients, survivors and caregivers, it is a common companion. Expressive writing can be used to help you overcome your fears, because it uses your imagination – the very thing that generates your fears. By putting your experience in narrative form, you can begin to make sense of it. When you move beyond venting to create a story, either autobiographical or fiction, you incorporate vivid imagery that can bring you closer to your emotions.


Whether you write a story, make a list or simply journal your feelings, this type of writing is a way to manage emotions, cope with the

JOURNALING CAN BE AN IMPORTANT OUTLET WHEN EXPERIENCING CANCER

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines.

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stressors of mental health issues and physical illness and keep a record of the ups and downs of daily life. It can open you up to a powerful portal for reflection, growth and healing, according to Good Therapy.org.


Research shows there are many benefits to journaling when facing life stresses. Feelings you would most likely bury are brought forward and put on paper. This activity is validating in a myriad of ways and may ease the burden of struggling to manage your feelings on your own.


Journaling can be like talking to a friend or a confidant or having your own ready made therapist available full time, there to listen to you and offer support. Some people maintain they do not have a place to go to express feelings or they do not want to worry friends and family, so their journal is a place where they do not have to put up a brave front. One journaler wrote: “All the possibility of my own death, my disappointment and anger at my own body, my grief over the loss of identity as a ‘healthy person,’ all went into the page.”


Whether you choose to write in a bound book or a notebook or online, journaling can help in your walk with this illness. For more information, check out www.goodtherapy.org.