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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The choices you make with exercise, diet and other lifestyle habits can affect your overall health either positively or negatively. Make smart decisions that will increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life.

Some cancers can be found through early detection, which can reduce the chances of the cancer growing and spreading throughout the body, according the American Cancer Society. Cancer screening looks for cancer before the individual displays any symptoms. There are a variety of screening tests. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Detecting cancer early is important not only for saving someone’s life but also to improve the patient’s current state of health so he or she can have a better quality of life.


The common methods used to screen for cancer include imaging (radiology), endoscopy procedures and biopsy and cytology tests. All of these can detect different types of cancer. Imaging tests take pictures inside the body. This process can find cancer and indicate how far it has spread. A tube-like instrument is inserted into the body to look for cancer during an endoscopy. Biopsy and cytology testing involves taking a cell sample and looking to see if there are any cancer specimens in it. These tests do have risk factors associated with them; however, your physician can discuss the procedures with you and answer any concerns or questions you may have.

SCREENING FOR CANCER

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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The United States Preventive Service Task Force recommends routine screenings be conducted on people who are at risk for breast, colon and cervical cancers. A mammography screening for breast cancer is recommended for all women ages 50-74 years. Colon cancer screening is recommended for adults between ages 50-75 years and cervical cancer screening through a Pap smear is recommended for all women 21-65 years.


In order to reduce your chances of being at risk for cancer, it is vital that you take control of your health. Here are some tips to keep in mind: