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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or oncology. Like a traditional doctor, they are required to continue their professional development by taking classes.


Is a naturopathic physician right for you? It depends on knowing what you want out of your doctor visits and whether you can reach your goals with a conventional medical doctor. A naturopathic physician typically talks about your symptoms and health history, counsels about exercise and diet regimens and recommends some natural medicines. These may include those mentioned above or dietary supplements, botanical extracts, nutraceuticals, amino acids or vitamins. Other common treatments naturopathic physicians use include hydrotherapy, homeopathy and Oriental medicine. Many of these protocols utilize air, cold, heat, ultraviolet light, water and sound to help the body heal itself.


Naturopathic physicians can do a physical examination and a physiological function test to help make a diagnosis. They can order diagnostic imaging procedures such as a mammogram or bone densitometry test, but they cannot always take action after learning the results. Sometimes they may refer you to a traditional medical doctor if they are unable to help you; some things are simply out of naturopathic physicians’ scope.  

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS PROMOTE HEALTH IN A NATURAL MANNER

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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As of 2015, 17 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands allow the practice of naturopathic medicine. Be aware of misleading titles such as “holistic health practitioner” or “naturopathic practitioner.” These are people who study in a non-medical school. As with any doctor, the naturopathic physician will help you come up with a long-term wellness plan, especially if you have allergies, chronic pain or hormonal imbalances. Some people cannot find relief for their chronic illness through traditional medical approaches, so for them, talking to a naturopathic physician may be the solution they have long sought.

People looking into alternatives to traditional medicine may want to consider a naturopathic physician. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (www.naturopathic.org) defines them as professionals who diagnose, prevent and treat acute and chronic illness and restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person’s inherent self-healing process. In other words, they believe in promoting health in a natural manner. They follow six principles: do no harm; trust the healing power of nature; identify and treat the causes of illness or disease; teach as a doctor; treat the whole person; and prevent illness. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says naturopathic physicians may use physiological, psychological or mechanical methods in their practices and may also turn to natural medicines, prescription or legend drugs, foods, herbs or other natural remedies.


While the field is not new – it was brought to the United States from Germany in the 1800s – more people who believe in integrating the mind, body and spirit into healing and focusing on the whole person are interested in naturopathy than ever before. Education for naturopathic physicians covers some topics that are not addressed in traditional medical school. Their colleges are accredited, but a naturopathic physician’s credentials are not the same as a conventional medical doctor’s because the philosophy is different. However, just as a conventional medical doctor does, a naturopathic physician can choose to specialize in an area such as endocrinology, gastroenterology