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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that release small amounts of estrogen into the vaginal tissue can also be used if needed. To help with aging skin, NAMS suggests using sunscreen, moisturizing, staying hydrated and not smoking. Topical retinoids have a proven track record of improving skin. For hot flashes, antidepressants can be useful. Some women have turned to soy or black cohosh even though there is no documentation that they work.


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers the role of estrogen in protecting against heart attack and stroke. Hormone therapy is a viable solution for many women, which means taking estrogen and, if you have not had a hysterectomy, progestin as well. Taking estrogen and progestin together is called combined hormone therapy. Progestin’s role is vital because it decreases the risk of uterine cancer, which can be caused by estrogen by itself. These therapies are available in pills, patches and sprays. Talk to your gynecologist to see which options are best for you.


There’s no reason to suffer from menopausal symptoms when so many resources are available, but you need to weigh the risks and benefits to determine what will be most beneficial for you. Lifestyle changes – such as nutrition, exercise and

MENOPAUSE: A NORMAL NATURAL EVENT

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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routine healthcare – are the keys to success. Maintain a balanced diet that incorporates vitamin D for strong bones. Weight-bearing exercise and strength and balance training all help with fall prevention. Menopause is not something to dread but to embrace as a normal and natural part of aging.

Menopause is the time when a woman stops having monthly periods. It is also commonly viewed as the end of the reproductive years. It usually occurs around age 50. The North American Menopause Society says menopause is a normal, natural event. Some women do not have any physical symptoms as they approach this time of their life, while others experience a gamut of bothersome issues that can be managed with the guidance of a gynecologist.


The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says the perimenopausal phase begins in the early to mid-40s, when the amount of estrogen the ovaries produce begins to decrease. This can cause hot flashes, night sweats, irregular bleeding, vaginal dryness and mood swings. It also may become harder to get a good night’s sleep. Periods may become irregular and bleeding may be heavier or lighter than usual; this is normal. Remember, every woman is different, so you shouldn’t compare your experience with menopause to that of your friend or neighbor. Continue using birth control during the perimenopausal phase to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.


There is no way to prevent symptoms of menopause, but general healthy lifestyle choices always make things go smoother. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) (www.menopause.org) says vaginal dryness can be treated with low-dose vaginal estrogen and regular sexual activity. Lubricants, vaginal rings, creams or tablets