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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Here are some tips for dealing with the situation on an emotional level:


  1. Express your feelings.
  2. Look for the positive.
  3. Don’t blame yourself for your cancer.
  4. Find ways to help yourself relax.
  5. Look at what you can control.

With breast cancer, certain cells in the breast become abnormal and rapidly multiply to form a tumor. Cancer develops in cells lining milk ducts or it may be in the glands that produce milk. Sometimes cancer cells invade surrounding breast tissue; this is known as invasive breast cancer. Early stages are relatively free of noticeable symptoms. The cancer may also remain in situ (in place) without spreading farther or the cancer cells may spread to other parts of the body (metastasize) through the lymph system. If the cancer spreads, it commonly shows up in the bone, liver, lungs or brain.


Some forms of breast cancer are inherited from a parent. Other forms are not inherited.  Some breast cancers that cluster in families are associated with inherited mutations in particular genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2. A woman who has such genes is at high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer. Others factors that raise the risk for breast cancer include advanced age; a history of breast cancer; early onset of menstruation; radiation therapy to the breast for a prior situation; and drinking alcohol.


This cancer will generally be discovered via mammography. It is vitally important to examine the breasts periodically and get regular mammograms. Breast cancer screenings may help find cancers early. This makes them easier to treat. Women after age 40 years or starting at age 50 years should have a yearly screening mammogram and

SCREENINGS MAY CATCH BREAST CANCER EARLY

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines.

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repeat the procedure every one to two years thereafter. Women with a family history of breast cancer should be screened every year. Breast exams also detect breast cancers but should not be relied upon solely. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used in high-risk cases to detect breast cancer.


Common treatments for cancer include:



The drug tamoxifen prevents estrogen from being secreted and thus prevents it from assisting in the growth of cancer cells. Some serious side effects – blood clots, stroke, cataracts, mood swings and depression – may occur when taking this drug, but these side effects are not common.