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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heart conditions [that prevent you from] participating in some sports,” Hettrich said. “You want to make sure family and personal history-wise the child does not have anything that is worrisome.”


Everyone cannot just jump right in and partake in sports. “Kids need to build their fitness levels gradually,” Hettrich said. “They need to get ready and train the best they can prior to going into sports so they are in shape and will tolerate the increased activity.”


Parents can help their athletes prepare for their sports participation. “If the child has seasonal allergies, he should take the appropriate antihistamine,” Hettrich said. “If he is allergic to bee sting or has a contact allergy, make sure the trainer or coach has appropriate things on hand such as an EpiPen.” The majority of trainers are well-prepared for any issues that may arise, so your young athlete should have a healthy, enjoyable season.

Sports are an excellent way to keep your child in shape and socializing with his peers. Be aware of the necessity of the pre-participation physical examination.


“Different levels of competition require different things in the sports physical,” said Dr. Carolyn Hettrich, associate professor and vice chair for research at the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. “Physicals can be done by any physician, but it is better if somebody specifically trained in doing a sports physical does it; they know what to look for.”


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends having the physical about six weeks before the sports season begins so there is enough time to follow up if necessary. There are two parts to the physical.


“There is a medical exam that looks at the skin and the patient’s lungs and heart rate to make sure they do not have arrhythmias or anything that would predispose them to a cardiac condition,” Hettrich said. “There is also the orthopedic exam where we make sure the child has good motion and strength of all extremities and no problems with their neck or back.”


The physical may also include a cardiac exam to listen to the heart and perhaps an EKG. “There are certain neurological problems or

MAKE SURE YOUR YOUNG ATHLETE HAS A SPORTS PHYSICAL

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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