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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However, if it all gets to be too much, be open to contacting a health care professional for help. Before you need it, find where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, including counseling or therapy in person or through telehealth services.

COPING WITH QUARANTINE AND MAINTAINING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH


There are numerous other coping strategies you can adopt. Reduce stress triggers in your life. Focus on positive thoughts instead of dwelling on negative feelings. Start each day by listing things for which you are grateful. Maintain a sense of hope, work to accept changes as they occur and try to keep problems in perspective. Use your moral compass or spiritual life for support. Set priorities and avoid becoming overwhelmed by creating a life-changing list of things to achieve while you’re home. Set reasonable goals each day and outline steps you can take to reach those goals. Give yourself credit for every step in the right direction, no matter how small. Find time each day to make virtual connections by email, texts, phone or FaceTime or similar apps. If you’re working remotely from home, ask co-workers to keep up with one another through virtual contact. Individuals who respond more effectively to the stress of quarantining and this pandemic may find taking care of their family can be a stress reliever itself.

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP



Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

Quarantining during the current pandemic has certainly created stress for many people. As a result of the public health guidelines advocated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year – including masking and social distancing – people report experiencing sadness, isolation, fear and loneliness. Mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, can worsen during a pandemic.


The COVID pandemic has brought many changes to the way we live our lives, such as uncertainty, altered daily routines, financial pressures and social isolation. People with substance use disorders, notably those addicted to tobacco or opioids, are likely to have serious outcomes if they get COVID- 19. That’s because these addictions can harm lung function and weaken the immune system, causing chronic conditions such as heart disease and lung disease.


SELF-CARE STRATEGIES ARE GOOD FOR ONE’S MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH. HERE ARE A FEW TO CONSIDER: