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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locations using telecommunications technology. It provides more efficient use of limited expert resources. Providers can “see” patients in multiple locations wherever they are needed without leaving their facilities. Local practitioners can consult with peers and other clinical experts when needed, and they can even participate in rounds and educational opportunities they would not normally have access to without travel and time away from their patients.


Although further studies are needed, telemedicine and SMART technology resources are effective ways health care providers and hospitals can reach more patients with the care they require.


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More than 25 million Americans suffer from asthma, experiencing an estimated 44,000 attacks every single day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people with asthma don’t know they’re having an attack until the asthmatic onset. A SMART asthma monitor is available – wearable technology that can identify an oncoming asthma attack before the user notices the symptoms, thus improving their options for better man-aging the attack.


Another SMART medical device is a metabolic monitor that predicts how much insulin a patient with diabetes will need and when they’ll need it, rather than simply responding to spikes in blood sugar. SMART insulin pumps for patients managing their diabetes use a wireless stick-on sensor to track blood glucose without finger sticks and a pump administers the correct amount of insulin without an injection pen or syringe. Glucose spikes tend to slowly wear down the body’s organs, so these devices may prevent organ deterioration, which may be better for the patient’s long-term health.


Telemedicine is another example of alternative medicine. Telemedicine allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in remote

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.

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Alternative medicine is a term used to identify medical products and practices that are not part of what is known as standard medical care. Standard medical care is what physicians, osteopaths, nurses, naturopathic health professionals and nontraditional health care providers practice. Alternative medicine is used as an adjunct to or in place of standard medical procedures. Healthcare professionals are recognizing the advances of SMART technologies as viable alternative approaches to medicine today. These technologies impact the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of standard or traditional protocols of patient care.


SMART stands for “Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology.” SMART medical devices use a form of self-management automation. SMART healthcare apps and devices seamlessly and securely work across the healthcare system, connecting patients and healthcare professionals in monitoring their healthcare needs. Previously unavailable devices now provide important models of prevention and healthcare, and many people benefit from their technology.


SMART technology examples range from wearable tracker technology such as the Fitbit Ionic, the Samsung Galaxy watch, the Garmin Forerunner 235 and Fitbit’s Flex 2. These devices measure a range of biomedical markers, includ- ing heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns and calorie intake. SMART toothbrushes have sensors that monitor brushing style and appropriate usage in various regions of the mouth.