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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Regardless of your age or stage, knowing what to expect when you see a speech therapist can make you feel at ease. You are typically asked to say certain sounds and words. Speech therapists believe practice makes perfect, so someone struggling with articulation or fluency may just need to copy the way the therapist moves his lips, mouth and tongue until the patient is able to produce the right sound. Mirrors are often used in therapy so a person can watch themselves. Children enjoy playing games such as Simon Says in therapy, which can test their understanding of what others say.


New discoveries are constantly being made, largely due to technology. The University of Cincinnati Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic in the College of Allied Health Sciences is using ultrasound technology to show speech therapy patients how their tongues work. This allows them to visualize what happens in the vocal tracts in the throat. This study was found to be most helpful for children struggling to say the “R” sound. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (www.nidcd.nih.gov) has noted great progress with interventions, such as a wearable monitoring device that accurately measures voice disorders during daily activities and provides real-time feedback. The idea of

THE ROLE OF THE SPEECH THERAPIST

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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a virtual speech clinician has been explored for people with aphasia. Other innovative treatments include transcranial magnetic and direct electrical stimulation of the brain to enhance treatment outcomes. Major advances have been made in replacing, engineering and regenerating vocal fold tissue through stem cells. Brain imaging technology is also showing differences in white matter in the brain among those with language impairments. This has provided insight into how the scientific and medical community can work together to improve treatment.


Parents play a critical role in growth and development. Many studies reveal if parents have good-quality interactions with their children, their speech will develop faster and better. Treatment can take weeks, months or years. At home you can practice the skills and strategies the speech therapist shows you. There are also many augmentative and alternative communication devices such as tablets for people with autism spectrum disorder and related communication disorders.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.asha.org) says speech- language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Language disorders can be oral or written. They have to do with whether someone can express their thoughts and feelings in pragmatic and socially appropriate ways. There is a wide range of reasons someone may consult with a speech therapist. Cognitive-communicative disorders can be the result of dementia, stroke or traumatic brain injury.


Speech therapists can be found in healthcare settings and schools. They may also work as part of an interdisciplinary team with teachers, audiologists, doctors, social workers, physical and occupational therapists and psychologists. As with any health issue, early intervention is the key. If your child has trouble saying certain sounds or words, there is no reason for him to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. The American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org) says a speech therapist can help with articulation and lisps. They can help with fluency – when your child repeats particular sounds and has trouble saying the full word; resonance; voice disorders, when the child may not speak clearly; or language disorders, manifested by difficulty understanding others and being unable to express thoughts. Issues such as hearing impairments or autism can also complicate speech.