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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Do these exercises while lying on your stomach on the floor  (hold each 3 seconds, repeat 10 times):



These stretches can be done anytime during the day:



You should see a difference in your posture in three to six weeks if you do these exercises three times a week. If any of the exercises feel too difficult or cause pain or strain, discontinue them until you see a doctor or physical therapist.  

EXERCISES FOR POOR POSTURE

ANGELA S. HOOVER





Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

Core exercises strengthen the muscles in your abdomen, back, hips and pelvis. The stronger your core, the less likely you are to strain your back or neck. Yoga and Pilates help strengthen your core and increase flexibility. It sounds old fashioned, but balancing a book on your head can improve your posture. Try to hold the book for 10 seconds to start, working up to 60 seconds at a time.


Do the following exercises lying on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor, hip width apart (hold each 3 seconds and repeat 10 times):


Poor posture is often an underlying cause of back pain. For every inch the head moves forward, its weight on the neck and upper back muscles increases by 10 pounds. A head weighing 12 pounds held forward 3 inches from the shoulders equals 42 pounds of pressure on those aforementioned muscles, the equivalent of three watermelons resting on the neck and back. This added force can cause muscle fatigue and joint pain as the day wears on.


Maintaining the natural curve in your lower back helps prevent posture-related back pain. This curve works as a shock absorber, distributing weight all along your spine. Sitting or standing stooped over with a rounded back and not holding the neck up often causes pain. Imagine a plumb line hanging from ceiling to floor. It should run through your ear, shoulder, hip bone and just in front of your outer ankle if you’re standing straight. When you’re sitting, the plumb line should run through your ear, shoulder and hip. When you stand and sit properly, your spine and body have less strain and stress.


Good posture is a matter of awareness. Correct your posture throughout the day. Lift your chest bone up. Hold your stomach muscles in. Keep a gentle curve in your lower back. Make sure your hips don’t tilt forward or backward. If you sit most of the day, put a small pillow behind your lower back to support your spine.