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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MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS CALLS FOR BODY CONTOURING

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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Having a good board-certified plastic surgeon is required for successful body contouring, says the ASPS, because the process requires a lengthy commitment that may take as much as three years, including recovery. There are risks and complications with body-contouring surgery. These include heart disease, bleeding disorders, infection, wound dehiscence (separation of incision) and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs).


Regulating caloric intake, regular exercise, behavior modification, pharmacotherapy and herbal medications are usually recommended for weight reduction. This often achieves modest weight loss. To find a plastic surgeon in your area, call 1-800-514-5058


Source:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org)

Weight loss, particularly massive weight loss (MWL), may give a person a new lease on life, creating motivation for increased socializing, providing new efforts at work and perhaps bringing an exciting new lifestyle.


There is a downside to MWL, which comes in the form of redundant skin and fat everywhere on the body. After MWL, the skin and tissues usually lack the elasticity to keep a shapely figure and reduced body size. Body contouring, a procedure that alters the shape of the body, provides relief from this condition. With the surgery comes a reduction in the excess fat the weight loss produced.


According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) (www.plasticsurgery.org), surgical body contouring following MWL allows for the removal of excess sagging skin and fat while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a better proportioned appearance and a smoother contour.


Body contouring may be done in the form of a facelift, where loose jowls and unsightly neck tissue remain; a breast lift, to raise sagging, flattened breasts; a tummy tuck to correct an apron of fat hanging over the abdomen; or an abdominoplasty to remove excess skin hanging over the pubic region. On the lower body, contouring trims excess skin and tissue on the buttocks and thighs. Arm lifts do the same for that part of the body.