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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sign of diabetes or kidney or liver disease. Using too much soap, antiperspirant or perfume and taking hot baths can make dry skin worse.


Skin cancer: Sun exposure is the most common cause of pre-cancers and skin cancer, either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. Skin damage from the sun is due to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light, which breaks down elastic tissue (elastin) in the skin and causes it to stretch, sag, wrinkle and become blotchy, occasionally with pre-cancerous growths and even skin cancer. Many Americans will develop a skin cancer by age 65 years.


Age spots: Also called liver spots, these flat, brown spots are bigger than freckles and commonly show up on areas such as the face, hands, arms, back, feet and other sun-exposed parts of the body.


Bedsores: This is another term for pressure ulcers, which are skin ulcers that develop when people lie in bed or sit in a chair for long periods of time. Bedsores are a common problem in elderly people who have difficulty moving on their own.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR AGING SKIN

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People with diabetes are more prone to bedsores because of their poor circulation and decreased feeling in their skin. Frequent rotation or re-positioning helps prevent bedsores.


Wrinkles can’t be cured, but their appearance can be softened through the use of tretinoin (Renova). The best treatment for dry skin is to lubricate it with the regular use of over-the-counter lotions. Moisturizers help hydrate the skin by trapping moisture. Humidifiers also help hydrate the skin.


You can protect your skin by staying out of the sun when it is strongest; using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher; wearing protective clothing; and avoiding sunlamps and tanning beds. Wear a hat, long sleeves and pants when outdoors, as well as sunglasses that block UV rays.


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As you age, you may notice wrinkles and brown spots on your skin. Aging makes skin more prone to dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. Cuts and bruises might take longer to heal. How skin ages will depend on several factors: your heredity, lifestyle, diet and other personal habits, such as smoking. Sunlight is another major cause of skin aging.


Here are some common skin conditions that occur as you age:


Wrinkles: These are the most visible signs of aging skin. They form when the skin loses its flexibility. Wrinkles also follow chronic sun exposure, and smokers tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers.


Facial movement lines: Also known as laugh lines or worry lines, these become more visible as the skin loses its elasticity, usually around age 40 through 50 years. The lines may appear on the forehead, above the nose, on the temples and upper cheeks and around the mouth and eyes.


Dry, itching skin: Dry, flaking skin can be simply a sign of age-related skin changes or it can signify underlying medical problems that need to be monitored. There are many possible reasons for dry skin, such as not drinking enough liquids, spending too much time in the sun, being in very dry air and smoking. Rough, scaly, flaky or cracked skin can indicate xerosis, or dry skin. The loss of oil glands, which help keep the skin soft, is the main cause of dry skin. Rarely, dry, itchy skin may be a