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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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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such as facing puberty, dealing with sociocultural pressure to be thin or having a parent with a history of an eating disorder. Children who are perfectionists or have anxiety may be at higher risk as well.


Recognizing symptoms early is the key to having the best prognosis. If you notice someone is dissatisfied with their body, you may want to talk to them about it or help them connect with their family physician or a counselor who can help them work through the issue. UK HealthCare says when you see a doctor about an eating disorder, you will be asked about your eating behaviors, emotions and thoughts. The doctor will do a physical exam, checking vital signs, doing lab work and possibly ordering an electrocardiogram and a bone-density scan. The doctor’s job is to rule out any complications that arose from the eating disorder and to treat those that are present.


Next the doctor will design an appropriate treatment option. Everyone is different, but often therapy is used to build self-esteem and navigate issues that may be contributing to the eating disorder. Nutrition counseling can help you achieve a normal and healthy relationship with food. A psychologist is always a great

EATING DISORDERS

JAMIE LOBER



Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

resource, especially if medication is needed for a co-occurring disorder such as depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder. These often accompany eating disorders.


The Mayo Clinic stresses there are things parents can do to combat eating disorders, such as encouraging healthy eating habits, having a balanced diet, fostering self-esteem, promoting a healthy body image and discussing media messages about thinness. Seek out positive attributes in your child and make sure she knows your love is unconditional and does not depend on physical appearance. Take time to discuss the ways what you eat affects your energy level and general health. The easiest way to promote good eating habits is to sit down as a family every night for dinner.


There is help out there if you need it. It is possible to manage symptoms of an eating disorder, reach a healthy weight and ultimately recover.

An eating disorder, according to UK HealthCare, is a dangerous mental illness that affects both men and women. A person is considered to have an eating disorder when eating, exercise, body shape and weight become a preoccupation. Generally speaking, their unhealthy relationship with food is rooted in low self-esteem and an underlying psychological issue.


The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org) says eating disorders can present in different ways. Emotionally and behaviorally, the person is overly concerned with weight loss and dieting as well as calories and fat grams. They may refuse to eat certain foods or even eliminate entire categories from their diets, such as carbohydrates. Extreme mood swings and withdrawing from friends and activities they once enjoyed are other red flags.


Physically, you may notice the person’s weight goes up and down. They will have stomach cramps and other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints, such as constipation. Dizziness, weakness, impaired immune functioning, dental problems and dry skin and hair are other signs of trouble.


There is no surefire prevention for eating disorders. NEDA says some people are at higher risk due to biological or psychological factors