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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You have probably been self-quarantining at the recommendation of health and governmental officials. Quarantine means separating a person or group of people to prevent the possible spread of the disease. A quarantine is appropriate when one or more people have been exposed to a contagious disease (although they may not have developed any symptoms) to avoid infecting others who haven’t been exposed.


For COVID-19, the recommended quarantine period is 14 days from the last date of exposure. Fourteen days is the longest incubation period for similar coronaviruses. Other viruses, like the common cold or flu, spread more during the cold weather months, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. It is not yet known whether warmer temperatures will affect the spread of COVID-19.


There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity and other factors associated with COVID-19; investigations are ongoing. To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, practice the following:


WHAT IS A NOVEL CORONAVIRUS?

COVID-19 can also cause more severe symptoms, such as high fever, severe cough and shortness of breath.


Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets.


A person who is actively infected with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these patients be isolated either at home or at the hospital (depending on how sick they are) until they’re better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others. How long a person is actively sick can vary, so deciding when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis using these requirements:


A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that hasn’t been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) isn’t the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, such as the common cold.


Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people while others only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses infect and can spread between people. This is what was suspected to have occurred with the virus that causes COVID-19.


The virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were related to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading person to person. It seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (community spread) in affected areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in a certain area.


Some people infected with the COVID-19 virus have no symptoms. When the virus does cause symptoms, common ones include: