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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fingernail or credit card or use tweezers.” Wash the site with soap and water and cover it and keep it clean; apply a cold pack to the area to reduce pain and swelling. If the person has any trouble breathing or shows signs of anaphylaxis, call 911 if possible. The best prevention is using insect repellent containing DEET. Check for ticks daily and remove them if you see any. Wearing long sleeves and long pants can help prevent picking up ticks, and light colors help you spot them better.


Contemplate various issues that could arise so you have an action plan. “Make sure you have the skills you need for your camping adventure, like knowing how to read a compass, erect a temporary shelter or give first aid and practice your skills in advance,” Lauritzen said. “It is safest to camp with at least one companion, but if you will be entering a remote area, your group should have a minimum of four people.”


Some areas require you to have reservations or certain permits, so find out in advance about these. Also ask about rules regarding campfires or wildlife.

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.


“Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen, communications officer with the American Red Cross.


Safety starts with making sure you have everything you need. Create a checklist and consult it frequently as you get ready for your trip. “Items to bring include nutritious food items and water; a first-aid kit, including sunscreen and personal medications; lightweight clothing to layer; and supplies for any pets,” Lauritzen said.


Bug bites are a common occurrence when camping, Lauritzen said, though they are usually harmless. They may cause pain, swelling or an allergic reaction.


“If someone is stung by an insect, you should remove any visible stinger,” Lauritzen said. “Scrape it away from the skin with a clean

SAFE CAMPING

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Share your itinerary with someone – just in case. “Include such details as the make, year and license plate of your car, the equipment you are bringing and when you plan to return,” Lauritzen said.


Now that you’re prepared, make plans to be active and have fun during your trip. This may include walking, hiking, swimming or biking. Bring along protective gear such as helmets, life jackets, sturdy shoes and a survival pack.


“In a small waterproof container, place a pocket knife, compass, whistle, space blanket, nylon filament, water purification tablets, matches and candle,” Lauritzen said. “With these items, the chances of being able to survive in the wild are greatly improved.”


When you plan ahead and know what to expect, your camping trip will be both safe and fun.