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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6. Hear them out

Listen without always feeling you must respond. Sometimes a caring listener is what the person needs the most.


7. Take care of urgent errands

Your loved one or friend may appreciate if you take care of frequent, scheduled errands. Offer to help with specific tasks, such as taking care of children or a pet or preparing a meal.


8. Treat them the same

Don’t let your loved one’s condition get in the way of your relationship with him.


9. Form support teams

Organizing a support team can help people living with cancer. Some online communities offer tools to coordinate tasks among friends and caregivers. Shareable online calendars can help you organize activities among your friends and family. You can also make a paper calendar and write in the various activities and commitments by hand. Make sure your friend has access to the calendar so he or she knows what to expect and when. Check out this Web site: lotsahelpinghands.com.


10. Deliver a meal

This could be for the caregiver as well your loved one. However, be sure to ask in advance about any dietary restrictions or other guidelines. Websites such as www.takethemameal.com can help you decide what to take.


11. Send texts and emails often

This is especially beneficial for those who are net savvy and or have a cell phone. You could text your friend the next time you are at the grocery store and ask if she would like you to pick up anything.


Cancer is not contagious, so give hugs, stay positive and let your friend or loved one know you are on his or her side. This is one of the most important gifts you can give to support a loved one who has cancer.


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take the lead. It’s good if she finds something funny about a side effect, such as hair loss or increased appetite, and you can certainly join her in a good laugh. This can be a great way to relieve stress.


3. Compliment them

If they look good, tell them so! Avoid making comments when their appearance isn’t as good, such as “You’re looking pale” or “You’ve lost weight.” The patient is undoubtedly quite aware of how he or she looks and may feel embarrassed if you comment on it.


4. Let them know you care

Be there for them no matter what. Make an extra effort to reach out to your friend. Expect him or her to have good and bad days emotionally and physically. Talk about his or her interests, hobbies and other topics not related to cancer.


5. Include them

Let them participate with you in work projects, social events and other plans. Let the patient tell you if he doesn’t feel like being included if the commitment is too much for him to manage.

11 WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT A LOVED ONE WHO HAS CANCER

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Cancer is a devastating disease. You may wonder what is the best way to support a loved one or friend who has cancer. Even though you want to help, it can be tough to know what to say or do. It can be a frightening and stressful time for you as well as the patient.


People develop various coping styles during their lifetimes to help them manage difficult personal situations. Some people are quite private, while others are more open and need to talk about their feelings. Some people may become withdrawn and isolate themselves from family and friends, while others may use humor to find relief from the serious nature of their illness.


Here are some ways you can help a loved one or friend battling cancer:


1. Encourage them

People facing illness need encouragement, but it’s also important not to show false optimism or tell the patient to always stay positive. This may seem to discount his very real fears, concerns or sad feelings. You may want to say you know how the person feels, but no one can know exactly how any person with cancer feels.


2. Use humor

Humor can be an important way to show support and encouragement, provided you know the patient can appreciate it. Let the patient