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 so for a short period of time. They learn some valuable lessons and incorporate them into their lifestyle down the road. Benefits come over time.


“We see people get stronger and lose weight, and a lot of our elderly population are able to walk up a flight of stairs without even holding on to the handrail,” said Miller.


Dedication is the key moving forward. To be successful, you need to stay committed to training. It is normal to want results quickly, but instant gratification does not happen.


“You are going to have to give yourself three to six months for a physique transformation if you do everything the right way,” Goodrich said. Also, you need to remember that making a change requires more than just exercise. “Diet is 80 percent of changing your body,” Goodrich said.


The hardest part is getting started, so encounter- ing some roadblocks is to be expected. “You have to give yourself at least two to three weeks to acclimate to your new lifestyle,” Goodrich said. “Your body is going to be shocked, sore and uncomfortable, but if you stick with it, you will be fine.”

If you’re looking for a safe, effective program that will help you get toned, become more flexible or lose weight, personal training could be for you.


A personal trainer will teach you proper form and technique to keep you safe and injury free. But first, he or she needs to know what your goals are – whether you want to lose weight, get healthy and tone up or train for bodybuilding, fitness competitions or powerlifting. Perhaps you’re an older person who wants to work on balance and stability.


 “First and foremost, I sit down and speak to potential clients for about 30 to 40 minutes in a consultation to get an idea of what their goals and lifestyle are, to get to know the person a little bit and explain about the program,” said Jason Goodrich, owner and fitness professional at Physiques ‘N’ Weeks (www.physiquesnweeks.com). “You have to map out a schedule and decide how many times a week you will train, go over food and diet, which is the most important thing, and explain that if they want to make a change in the way they feel, their physique and their health, they will have to put the effort in.”


“The trainer should find out what you want to do and make a plan that is practical,” said Melissa Miller of Transformation Personal Training.


Some people work with a trainer on and off for years while others

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JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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