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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menopause supplements and more. The information is in the form of articles and videos, as well as interviews with leading menopause clinicians.


Caria is one of the most recently created apps. It features an assistant women can chat with to uncover the meanings of their symptoms and where they might be in their menopause journey. Caria offers personalized health insights and recommendations about nutrition, wellness and fitness so women who use this app are empowered to navigate menopause with solutions tailored to their unique profiles and preferences. Caria recently launched a premium subscription for unlimited access to expert-created programs for symptom management.


Menopause is one of the most significant transitions in a woman’s life. It brings a lot to think about and a lot to manage. With developments involving SMART technology, these mobile apps can offer support and guidance to assist women in coping with, managing and tracking their menopausal symptoms. Menopause is a journey you don’t have to take alone.

SUPPORTIVE APPS FOR MANAGING MENOPAUSE

definitions for common terms associated with menopause. It also features blogs by women who have insight on various topics about menopause. The app is free to download and use.


The Vergo Menopause Symptom Tracker helps women track challenging symptoms and emotions caused by fluctuating hormones during perimenopause (the time before the full onset of menopause) and menopause. This simple tool allows users to record and track the frequency and intensity of their menopausal symptoms. It can also generate a weekly report that can be emailed to the woman’s healthcare provider for an informed conversation about menopausal symptoms. The app designers note it respects users’ privacy and is free of ads. However, it can only be downloaded for free on iOS.


The Hot Years: My Menopause Magazine is the premier source of authoritative, easy-to-understand information for women in perimenopause, menopause and beyond. It’s also available as a free mobile app. It provides the latest news and information about menopause and its symptoms, as well as general women’s wellness, weight control, fitness, nutrition, fashion, recipes, painful sex, natural

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Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

Menopause is a natural biological process. It is the time that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Menopause occurs when you go one year without a menstrual period. Often referred to as the “change of life,” it can begin any time from age 40 and older – sometimes even earlier. Menopause is marked by a drastic decrease in the ovaries’ production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. That causes many emotional and physical changes, such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, memory problems, weight changes and mood disturbances.


Recent research has generated some very useful mobile apps that can assist in monitoring, tracking and journaling menopausal symptoms and their frequency and severity, as well as offering possible treatments that can help women make note of the changes that occur during menopause. Here is a summary of a few of these apps currently on the market:


Menopause View App is designed to inform, educate and ease the transition for women going through menopause. It works as a calendar to help women record and track over 25 commonly seen menopause-related symptoms on a daily basis. It also reminds patients to take their medications and stay organized, thanks to the daily journal that allows adding photos. This journal can be shared. The Menopause View app also provides other useful tools such as a period view, a weight tracker and a blood pressure tracker, as well as a helpful glossary with over 175