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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were not. Women and men absorb drugs differently, and women often need lower doses for the same response. This could mean lower doses for women may be just as effective in protecting against COVID-19 but cause fewer side effects.


Fortunately, the COVID-19 vaccine side effects reported by women tend to be mild and of a short duration. Data also shows that men are less likely to go to the doctor and report feeling side effects after vaccination, experts say, likely because of gender- related roles in society. Health care providers and patients – both male and female – should discuss potential side effects when they receive the vaccine.

WOMEN EXPERIENCE MORE SEVERE REACTIONS TO COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

vaccine. Males have one X and one Y sex chromosome, while females have two Xs. The X sex chromosome carries a large number of genes related to immune system function.


Even women’s microbiome — the microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses that live in and on the human body — can directly influence immune function in a sex-specific manner. Bacteria can influence which sex hormones and how many are actively working in the body. Because hormones affect immune systems, this process can also alter reactions to vaccines.


Studies have shown women commonly experience worse side effects after receiving influenza, pneumococcal, shingles, tetanus and whooping cough vaccines, according to a 2015 review of research on the topic. Women’s body size, hormonal make-up and body fat distribution can affect how drugs are absorbed in their bodies.


Dose size may make a difference as well. Although the COVID- 19 vaccines were tested equally among men and women in the lab setting, different dose sizes

Women seem to have more side effects and reactions after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.


Usually these reactions are a good sign. They tell you your body is developing the immunity it needs to fend off serious coronavirus illness. But a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report published last month found among the first roughly 13.8 million doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administered to Americans, only about 7,000 people reported “adverse events” — and about 5,500 of those reports (79 percent) occurred in women, even though they received only 61 percent of the doses.


Side effects tend to differ for men and women across a broad variety of vaccines, often due to hormones, genes and the vaccine doses. Women tend to have a more robust immune system that can produce more antibodies in response to vaccines. Estrogen, for instance, can cause immune cells to produce more antibodies, and testosterone can suppress the production of immune chemicals in the body.


Researchers learned all of the 19 cases of severe allergic reaction to the Moderna vaccine were in women. The same group experienced 44 of the 47 severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer shot. What causes these discrepancies? The biological differences between males and females — including hormones and genes — may impact responses to the