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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If everyone would follow these simple steps to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19, this pandemic will likely ease up that much quicker. Remember the symptoms of COVID-19:



These symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure. Emergency warning signs of COVD-19 include trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, new confusion, an inability to wake up or stay awake or bluish lips or face. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your primary care physician immediately.

OLDER ADULTS AT HIGHER RISK FOR COVID-19

ANGELA S. HOOVER





Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

From the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults have been placed in the high-risk category. The chances of developing a severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC says eight out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the United States have been among adults aged 65 years and older. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older. An older adult who contacts the disease may require hospitalization, intensive care or a ventilator to help them breathe. They could even die.


Why are older adults at higher risk for contacting COVID-19? One reason is this population frequently has underlying medical conditions that compromise their health and immune system, hindering the body’s ability to cope with and recover from illness. These conditions include diabetes, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung disease. The coronavirus attacks the lungs, which are responsible for delivering oxygen to the bloodstream and removing carbon dioxide. As we age, the lungs lose some of their elasticity and resilience. Coupled with other health issues an individual may have, COVID-19 can cause a loss of airway and respiratory function.


What can you do to lower your chances of succumbing to COVID-19? Over the past few months the world has been dealing with the pandemic, some simple measures have proven to be very effective: