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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TOP 5 REASONS PETS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

4. They can help you relax and reduce your stress levels.

This has been proven scientifically. Cortisol is a hormone activated by stress, and studies have found being around animals can decrease cortisol levels. That’s why so many people during the COVID-19 pandemic went out and got a pet. Just patting a dog or cat and feeling the latter purr has been shown to reduce blood pressure levels. A study of hospitalized heart patients found dogs decreased the patients’ blood pressure by about 10 percent in the left side of their hearts.


5. They love you no matter what. Animals don’t judge.  

They are loyal and loving. Be sure to reciprocate for that love and loyalty by taking good care of your pets and making sure all their needs are met. You take care of them and they’ll take care of you. It’s a win-win situation all around.

Our dogs and cats and birds and other animal companions are good for our health. Here are the top five reasons this is so:


1. They make you get out and about.

If you own a dog, you know you have to take it for daily walks. Therefore, dog owners get more physical activity than people without dogs. Older people are more likely to take regular walks with a dog than they are with a human, according to one study. A dog is a great way to help you meet new people.


2. They are good listeners.

You’ve probably seen your dog tilt its head to the side when you’re talking to it, as if it’s really paying attention to every word you say. Dogs love to hear their owners’ voices. Cats feign indifference, but they’re still a good sounding board when you need to vent. And your pet will never spill your secrets


3. They are tuned in to you.

For animal companions, their pet parent’s presence is their main desire. They love their food and toys, but having the attention and love of their person is what they really want. That’s why they stick close to you and follow you around, their eyes fixed on you. It’s really kind of flattering, isn’t it?