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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Exercise

Regular exercise can help with all levels of depression.


Folate

There may be a link between low levels of folic acid (the synthetic form of folate) and depression. Increase your folate levels by consuming foods such as beans, lentils, fortified cereals, dark leafy greens, sunflower seeds and avocados.


Saffron

Saffron extract may improve symptoms of depression, but more study is needed. High doses can cause significant side effects.


Always check with your doctor before taking these (or any medicinal) herbs.


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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

HARLEENA SINGH

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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, although its effects haven’t been conclusively proven either way.


Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Studies show caviar, salmon, mackerel and sardines can reduce clinical depression. These coldwater fish have high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which seem to have a preventive effect on manic depression.


Mind-Body Relaxation

These techniques can elevate mood and increase concentration and energy. Daily meditation can have long-lasting positive effects on physiological processes.


Yoga

Yoga, combining physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation and a distinct philosophy, is one of the top 10 practices of CAM. It may also help alleviate anxiety and depression.