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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TEENS AND ANXIETY: HELPING YOUR CHILDREN COPE

A mental health practitioner can let you know exactly what type of anxiety your teen is facing. Then you and your child can start learn strategies to deal with it. This may include psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both. Other treatments could include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which teaches different ways of thinking, behaving and reacting to stressful situations.


It also incorporates self-monitoring and relaxation training. Medication may be in the form of anti-anxiety medications such as Valium, antidepressants or beta blockers. Be aware these medications can take some time to “kick in,” sometimes as much as four to six weeks. Ask about the side effects and long-term effects of each medication on the child.


Here are some other ways you can help reduce your teen’s anxiety:


There is so much going on in our nation and in our world today – not the least of which is the pandemic and politics – that it’s no wonder many of us are stressed out. This includes our children and teenagers. They have had to adjust to a whole new way of going to school and forego many of the rites of passage associated with school, such as graduation and prom. They have had learn to cope with social isolation and they face an uncertain future. Studies show children feel safe when they are in a consistent and predictable environment. This, unfortunately, is not the current reality.


Anxiety is a natural part of life. No one is immune to it, not even teenagers, who often pride themselves on their own strength of mind and ability to handle life’s difficulties. Parents need to be vigilant about their children’s emotional needs, even as they navigate their own. Signs of anxiety in teenagers include changes in eating and sleeping habits (too much or too little of either); reluctance to participate in activities they previously enjoyed; restlessness; irritability; and difficulty concentrating.


Other symptoms include stomach aches, headaches or frequent bouts of crying. Parents should be careful not to trivialize or minimize their child’s anxiety. Listen to them and be sympathetic. Be aware there are different types of anxiety that come from various stimuli. Some of these are social anxiety, general anxiety and panic disorders. When the teen seems excessively worried, can’t control their worry or their worry impairs their daily functions of living, it is time to seek professional help.