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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A team approach may be beneficial so some questions are directed to the physician, some to the social worker and others to the nurse practitioner and/or dietician. In every instance, the needs of the patient must be kept in mind. This is the key to successful emotional management after cancer treatment.  


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MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS AFTER CANCER TREATMENT

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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In an ideal situation, the patient returns home fully recovered. But she may have to face the future without the benefit of treatment in order to be made comfortable as the end approaches. Emotional support will take on prominent importance. In this case, other questions may arise:

Patients living with cancer feel many different emotions, including anxiety and distress. These emotions can affect the quality of life of patients when they are going through post-cancer treatment.


According to the National Cancer Institute, distress after cancer treatment may be emotional, mental, social or spiritual. Patients may encounter a range of emotions from sadness and loss of control to depression, panic and isolation.


Most patients look forward to resuming their “normal” lives after a bout with cancer, but they must also deal with various after effects. This includes lingering stress over having an illness. Returning to a regular routine may take some time. For that reason, it is recommended patients give themselves and their loved ones space and grace to adjust following the end of treatment.


With the end of treatment comes a new level of being: The person will be anxious to find out if he is in remission and/or will be asking himself if the cancer will return. Even though the patient has looked forward to this time of remission, he may be fearful and uncertain.


The patient and her family may have many questions for the physician. During the follow-up appointment, the patient will have an opportu- nity to ask questions. The doctor may also order blood tests or imaging tests such as a CT scan or X-rays. Questions to ask your doctor include: