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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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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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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injuries so we can be more successful in preventing them.”


When an injury occurs, players should take care of themselves and not overdo it. “For sprains and strains where you can still walk or use the extremity and there is no concern of fracture or major injury, you could try ice, elevating, resting, taking anti-inflammatories or putting a brace on or using a sling,” Hettrich said. “If you have swelling or are unable to walk, it is best to be evaluated.”


Staying fit can make a difference. “One of the best things to do for prevention is to be as fit as you can,” Hettrich said. “That centers around flexibility and strengthening.”


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests taking off at least one day a week and at least one month a year from your particular sport. The organization wants children who play sports to have proper gear such as appropriate pads or helmets. Stretching should be part of the daily fitness plan. Coaches should reinforce proper techniques. Staying hydrated before, during and after a competition or practice is beneficial as well.

Playing sports can be a lot of fun, but it also requires taking precautions to avoid getting hurt. Taking preventative measures is equally as important as learning how to pitch perfectly or use the best technique when hitting, kicking or throwing a ball.


“A lot of the atraumatic injuries can be prevented through exercise programs, but there are sports, like football or wrestling, where, due to contact you cannot prevent injuries,” said Dr. Carolyn Hettrich, associate professor and vice chair for research at the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Therefore, players and coaches need to take extra steps to stay safe.


“There are short daily exercises geared towards prevention of ACL injuries that are highly effective and can be done in about six to 10 minutes a day,” said Hettrich. These exercises can be applied to volleyball, soccer, basketball and most women’s sports. “There are different stretching and strengthening programs that can be done to prevent many of the overuse injuries that happen with overhead sports, like throwing athletes and volleyball and tennis players,” Hettrich said.


ACL tears are common, as are shoulder and elbow problems. “Sports involving running will have more stress fractures,” Hettrich said. “There has been a lot of work done in the past 15 to 20 years in terms of ACL prevention and in our understanding of what happens in these

SPORTS INJURY PREVENTION SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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The AAP says sports can cause emotional stress, so be sure to praise your child for his sportsmanship, effort and hard work rather than only offering praise when he wins. The objective should be to have a good time and learn how to enjoy a sport for a lifetime.