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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promote hair growth. In this procedure, a patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to extract the PRP, which is then injected or applied topically. The latest PRP application is called the vampire breast lift. PRP mixed with hyaluronic acid, nanofat or a saline solution is injected into the breast, giving the same effect as wearing a pushup bra.


Breast Reduction

In the early 2000s, larger breasts were a trend, but today patients request smaller breasts. The Laser Bra Lift is a scalpel-free laser-assisted breast reduction procedure. “It creates a full, perky look,” said Grant Stevens, a Los Angeles based plastic surgeon. “It’s essentially an internal bra.” Stevens pioneered the two-hour procedure after noticing lasers affect breast tissue similarly to facial tissue, giving them improved elasticity and smoothness. Instead of removing and discarding excess skin from the breast, the skin is treated with a CO2 laser.


Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation

Labiaplasty, the process of reshaping the labia for aesthetics and/or comfort, increased by 23 percent in 2016 and has been steadily rising ever since. Vaginal rejuvenation has also been increasing. The in-office procedure uses lasers to help tighten skin by stimulating collagen.


Body Reshaping

Cryolipolysis, or freezing fat, can help reshape the body. The nonsurgical procedure kills fat cells, and over the course of several weeks, body fat diminishes. No downtime is associated with the procedure. Sculpted six- pack abs can be achieved with a high-definition liposuction that combines muscle-group contouring with a traditional liposuction procedure.

COSMETIC PROCEDURE TRENDS FOR 2018 WILL RESHAPE, RESTORE, PREJUVENATE

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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improve. Threads with surface changes such as barbs, cones or knots catch onto the skin and stimulate collagen. The area looks great immediately and over time the lifting effect gets better.


Prejuvenation

Patients in their 20s and 30s who do not yet see wrinkles, sagging or spots are getting rejuvenation treatments as a preemptive measure to prevent aging from ever happening. Prejuvenation treatments include neurotoxins to stop forehead creases, lasers to stimulate collagen production and small facelifts to (theoretically) prevent the need for a larger, more obvious surgery in the future.


Probiotic Skincare

Although more research is needed, some patients are seeing big improvements with probiotic products that promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the skin and help maintain the natural skin flora.


PRP

Platelet-rich plasma is used to improve skin tone, texture and wrinkles and

Plump, augmented lips and blood techniques were all the rage in 2017 for cosmetic surgery. While many of last year’s trends will carry over into this year, 2018 will bring new procedures. Here are a few of them:


Micro-Botox

Popular in Europe, micro-Botox injects more superficially in the dermal layer of the skin and in smaller quantities than normal Botox treatments. This will decrease pore size and oil production and smooth skin.


Fillers

Microfiller injections in areas with wrinkles stimulate the body’s production of collagen for a longer-lasting effect. There are different injectable fillers, including growth factors, nanofat (fat transfer) and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Each has its own texture and variety of thickness and bounciness. This year, choosing the right combination of less obvious fillers will be highlighted. “We foresee more flexible fillers that ‘bend’ when the face animates, as well as longer-lasting filler options,” said William H. Truswell, M.D., president of the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery. It’s also predicted fillers will increasingly be used around the eyes to shape the area by restoring lost volume to the upper and lower eyelids.


Threads

The practice of lifting the face and body with threads continues to