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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IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN HEART DISEASE AND DEMENTIA?

has strong links to heart disease. It is a result of many tiny strokes that, over time, cause brain cells to die. As more and more areas of brain tissue die, people with vascular dementia start to develop problems with thinking and memory.


As the population ages, dementia is becoming a greater health concern. It is important to control vascular risk factors such as high blood pressure early in life in an effort to prevent dementia as we age. Optimizing heart health is one of the best ways to lower your risk of developing dementia. You can do this by:



Be sure to talk to your doctor about your risk factors and follow his/her suggestions for maintaining good heart health – and defeating dementia.

According to the National Institutes of Health, a long-term study showed certain heart disease risk factors in midlife, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking cigarettes, are associated with an increased risk for dementia. The mechanisms that cause these diseases are different, but there is a connection between them.


Dementia can be caused by a number of disorders, such as strokes, brain tumors, Alzheimer’s disease and late-stage Parkinson’s disease. Most forms of dementia slowly worsen. Past studies suggest problems in the vascular system – the heart and blood vessels that supply blood to the brain – can contribute to the development of dementia. Researchers have detected a higher risk of dementia among people with prehypertension, in which blood pressure levels are higher than normal but lower than hypertension.


These risk factors increase the risk of a process called atherosclerosis – the buildup of fatty plaque in the key blood vessels that supply the heart, brain and many other important organs and tissues. Atherosclerosis is the process underlying many types of heart disease, including heart attacks, high blood pressure and heart failure, as well as strokes and vascular dementia.


Vascular dementia, the second most common type of dementia,