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:

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Dr. Jonathan Graff-Radford with the Mayo Clinic says, “Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.”


Not only does music relieve stress, reduce anxiety and depression, it can also reduce agitation.


“Music can also benefit caregivers by reducing anxiety and distress, lightening the mood and providing a way to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease — especially those who have difficulty communicating,” Graff-Radford said.


Graff-Radford suggests trying the following ideas:



Music will not change your loved one’s cognitive abilities, but it might help them to have moments of joy and can improve your quality of life with them.


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Turn on the radio, throw on some headphones, crank up the tunes and what happens? Your body reacts to it – toes and fingers start to tap, your head and shoulders begin to bob. You might find yourself singing along. Before you know it, music has taken over and your body is now along for the ride. Regardless of age or physical wellbeing, our bodies respond to music.


Researchers have discovered music can have potent emotional, physical and social benefits for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. Music is an effective, easy-to-use tool that has proven results. Research shows while dementia causes progressive memory loss and impairment, memory for music remains. Music helps people in all stages of dementia connect with fond memories. For many, music can also shift mood, manage agitation and help with motor movements.


In one study, researchers discovered music therapy lowers stress levels and significantly decreases depression and anxiety. They concluded music therapy can be an effective alternative medicine to improve emotional variables in Alzheimer’s patients.


Dan Cohen, director of Music and Memory, says music is the “most fast-acting” non-drug approach to improving the lives of all persons with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, depression and other behavioral challenges, even for those in pain.

CAN MUSIC HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALZHEIMERS DESEASE?

Music has been found to stimulate parts of the brain. Studies have demonstrated music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s patients. One study conducted at the University of California Irvine discovered the memories of Alzheimer’s patients improved when they listened to classical music. In studying the work of The Sing for the Moment Choir movement, researchers discovered singing, especially with others, provides persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementia an opportunity to socialize, connect and inspire others to sing also.


Music can have a positive effect on one’s emotional state. Melissa Davis, a music specialist at the Arc of Monroe’s Ballantyne Day Service, say she has seen the positive effects music has on their Alzheimer patients. “I’ve seen a woman, quiet, lost in the deep dark recesses of her mind, spring to life upon hearing her favorite song and sing full voice, in perfect tune with as much if not more enthusiasm than Diana Ross herself,” she said. “I know a woman who moves and dances with reckless abandon any time the song ‘The Power’ is played. I’ve seen a man who cries for better times when he hears a song that reminds him of his past and he whispers, ‘That’s an old-timer’s song’ in my ear. I’ve seen a woman, who normally lacks any sense of self-esteem, get up in front of a large group of her peers and belt out ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ like nobody’s business.”