Holistic Integrative Specialist Certification Article on Holistic Herbs

Herbs are important to over all in health.  In Asia, older herbs are consistently used to help aid, and in Europe, they have found their way into mainline medicine.   Many herbs are prescribed before synthetic drugs.  This change recognizes the value of herbal medicine when used in concert with Western medicine.

Just because an herb is natural does not mean it is safe though and this is why it is imperative to have professional guidance in use of herbs for daily life and issues.   Some herbs can be toxic if used in excess or long duration and some herbs can also have bad counter reactions with synthetic drugs.  A Holistic Integrative Specialist trained in healthcare is the best person to guide you through the multitude of herbs.

While there are many acute diseases such as cancer that individuals have and lead them to alternative treatments, many look to herbs for basic cures for everyday issues.   Herbs when used properly can help alleviate issues without the negative side effects.   However, this is usually best for mild cases.  When more severe issues arise, doctors and physicians or mental health experts usually turn to synthetic drugs.

Eastern Medicine looks for overall healthy balance. Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic Integrative Specialist Program


Herbs also prove to be excellent for overall health.  They can help the body over time be stronger and more resistant to certain conditions as well as treat the entirety of the body.  Instead of treating one symptom, herbs can look for the cause and help the overall body from a holistic view.

A holistic view that looks at the overall function does not need to be at odds with Western medicine but can be interwoven with each other.  Both are equally important in what they bring to the table.  Western Medication utilizes a variety of synthetic drugs and procedures that sometimes can be evasive and produce side effects but in many extreme cases, these more severe responses are key, but this does not mean, less evasive and more holistic practices can be utilized.

Chinese medicine sees health as balance.  Yin and Yang when mismatched or imbalanced causes illness.  Balancing the inner body’s energy and functions is key.  This can be accomplished via herbs, or other alternative practices, including acupuncture or massage.  In addition, Ayurvedic medicine of India looks not just to eliminate symptoms but to restore balance to the body and treat the entirety of mind body and spirit.  This philosophy is indeed correct.  Balance of body systems and finding root causes of issues is critical for long term health.

With these things in mind, this blog will look at a few herbs that can help with basic issues.  Again, these herbs are best used for mild conditions and always under the supervision of a healthcare professional.  Self treating and utilizing herbs without direction can be dangerous and lead to side effects if on other medications.  It can also cause issues if uses too much or too little over a certain period of time.  Some herbs require strict adherence to when to take it and how long to take it , as well as if to take it with food or not.  Hence it is important to remember that when utilizing herbs, one listen and follow directions to achieve maximum results and safety.


Various herbs with time held success are sometimes under valued by Western medicine. Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic Integrative Specialist Certification


Anxiety is one of the most common mental issues.  Anxiety is due to stress but is an over reaction to stress.  It can exist also when the stressor is no longer present and cause worry and fear when no issues exist.   Most Western doctors may prescribe a variety anti depressants such as Luvox, Prozac or Zoloft.  Others may prescribe benzodiazepines.  Overprescription of these drugs for mild anxiety is unfortunate when herbs that are more holistic and mild on the body exist.

Kava is the natural anxiety reliever.  Kava reduces anxiety, improves functioning and has no addictive properties.  Most take 100 to 250 mg three times daily to deal with anxiety, however long term use of Kava can is not good for the body. Kava should not be combined with any benzodiazepines.  This natural remedy derived from the Pepper Trees of Fiji and South Pacific Islands should be the first choice for mild anxiety before any hard synthetic medications.

Hypericum or St John’s Wort is another effective herb against anxiety and as well as depression.  Again, when utilized for mild episodes, this herb can prove to be beneficial but should only be applied under professional supervision.  This herb possesses at its very substance extracts that can enhance three neurotransmitters in the brain, namely serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.  It also lowers cortisol.   The herb takes 4 to 6 weeks to start to take effect and any lowering of doses on synthetic drugs should be withdrawn only at the supervision of a healthcare professional as one looks to replace synthetic with herbal treatment.

Anxiety creates a tense state.  It causes the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline and cortisol which in turns increases blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension.  These reactions are necessary during fight or flight but can cause long term issues.  Activating a calmer state, or the para sympathetic nervous system is key. Hence, many look to sedative to find a more relaxed state.  The herb Valerian plays a key role in helping people find that natural relaxed states without the synthetic side effects.  Valerian Can help one sleep, reduce anxiety and nightmares and reduce the need of sleeping pills.  Chamomile also like Valerian can help one find relaxation and sleep and is commonly used as a tea.

Chronic stress kills and those seeking a better life style against stress look to a variety of ways to negate its negative effects.  Meditation and other stress management strategies are important but also herbs can play a key role in helping manage stress and strengthening the body.  Adaptogens are types of herbs that can help the body fight chronic stress and maintain overall health that stress eventually deteriorates.   As an Adaptogens, herbs must meet three requirements.  First, they must be harmless over long term use.  Second, they must increase resistance to stress and third, it increases mental and physical performance.  It helps balance give overall holistic health.

Fitting this description is Ginseng.  Ginseng has a long time reputation for anti aging.  Ginseng is also key in improving oxygen and blood sugar metabolism and immune function.  Ginseng also helps lower cholesterol and can help prevent heart attacks.  It helps stimulate the adrenal gland and cortisol functions that are burned out due to stress.  Ginseng hence is not good for those suffering from anxiety.  Asian Ginseng is the strongest of the Ginsengs are recommended for older individuals, while American Ginseng is meant for younger individuals who are over worked or burned out.  American Ginseng is considered “cooler” on the body.

Aging is an issue for everyone.  Organs and physical functions cease to work as well as we get older but herbs can play a key role.  Ginseng as shown plays a role in helping one age, but also in Chinese medicine, Ginkgo.  Ginkgo is derived from some of the oldest trees on earth remaining unchanged in China for thousands of years.    Ginkgo helps blood flow to the brain and has many properties that help the restore functions to the nervous system.  Studies have shown it help minimize effects of Alzheimer Disease.  Ginkgo hence is great for the mind and memory.

Herbs are can play a key role in one’s long term health if used properly. Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic Nursing Program


A holistic view on life with herbs and other alternative practices is becoming more mainstream everyday.  Double blind studies have been done with all the herbs discussed above with promising conclusions.  The history of these herbs have never been doubted but when tested via empirical scientific methods, they still prove the test of time.  They, as in Europe, should be utilized more in the United States.  Western medicine should not feel threatened by alternative health views or application of other herbs or strategies.  They can only complement Western medicine and help for a better fullness of life for all.

If you would like to learn more about holistic medicine or would like to earn a Holistic Integrative Specialist Certification, then please review the program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification as  Holistic Integrative Specialist.  Most who enter are nurses or healthcare professionals who look to harmonize Eastern and Western ideals in medicine and help others make wise choices in utilizing the benefits of Holistic Medicine.

It is extremely important to find trained healthcare professionals in this field to help guide individuals who are seeking cures or better ways of life through herbs or other alternative therapies.  Guidance is key to protect the patient and give them the proper and professional guidance in understanding how these herbs work in unison with Western methods.


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Please review the article from Health Line on Kava Kava

Please review the article from Nourish by WebMD on Ginseng




Holistic Integrative Specialist Certification Article on Herbs and Weight Loss

Losing weight is difficult.  It takes determination and effort.  Diet and exercise are fundamental but herbs can help but one needs to understand the reality of herbs.  Holistic care encompasses overall health.  It is preventative in nature and accepts a life style change.   Utilizing herbs though can be dangerous without professional guidance for weight loss.

Weight Loss and Herbs can work if used properly and under guidance. Please also review AIHCPs’ Holistic Integrative Specialist Program


The article, “Is It Safe To Use Herbal Weight Loss Supplements?” from the Cleveland Clinic reviews the use of some herbs for weight loss.  The article states,

“While many products out there suggest that they can help you lose weight fast, they can also come with a slew of health concerns. If you need help with starting your weight loss journey, talk to your provider. They can steer you in the right direction and help you find a program that is safe and effective.”

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How Poor Eating Habits Are Affecting Health Employees

Potato free and ketchup food on the wooden table. Georgian cuisine.

By Lucy Peters

It may be one of the great ironies in our modern workforce that the diet of health employees is not as healthy as it should be. Given the demands of many health professionals, especially nurses and other frontliners, having the time to prepare meals, go out to a healthy lunch, or even stop to have a healthy snack can be challenging. Fortunately, a variety of initiatives are being implemented to make sure that healthcare workers stay healthy.

The root of the problem

Being a healthcare worker can be exceptionally demanding, and it can limit one’s ability to enjoy a healthy diet. Although many professionals, such as nurses, work as few as three days a week, the demands of the day can be incredibly taxing and prevent access to or time for a balanced diet: limited time for an actual lunch break, little time to leave the healthcare facility, and shifts that extend into overtime contribute to the problem. When you factor in swing shifts, increased demands because of health emergencies and the demands of taking care of a family, healthcare professions can be incredibly draining and compel employees to seek energy boosts in the form of caffeine, sugar and fast food. Making matters worse is the fact that many cafeterias and hospital dining facilities offer minimal healthy food options, or offer an abundance of fast food. For employees who are pressed for time and who prefer convenience, and therefore choose to eat in the hospital canteen, it’s no surprise that many healthcare workers succumb to poor eating habits.

Strategies to address the issue

Fortunately, a variety of strategies are being implemented to improve the dining options for healthcare workers. One approach involves educating and informing cafeteria patrons about the health benefits and risks of various food options with a color-coded information system. This system can also incorporate text messaging to update patrons on their cafeteria spending habits. Another option being sought is to improve the options being offered in the cafeteria, whether by limiting fast food options or making healthier options more presentable and appealing.

Given the rise of meal delivery services, there are a variety of companies offering healthy meal plans for delivery. These delivery providers, including Blue Apron, Home Chef and Green Chef, provide meal options that can accommodate a variety of dietary preferences, including keto, vegan and organic meals, while providing the same convenience as in-hospital dining. A rising number, including Green Chef, Purple Carrot and Sunbasket, are also working to make the meal delivery industry more sustainable. In many ways, enjoying healthy eating as a healthcare worker is much easier than before.

Health care workers aren’t always the beacons of health that we would assume based on their profession, but that doesn’t need to be the case. With a variety of changes in hospital dining options, improved presentation, and accessibility, healthcare workers will hopefully have much greater access to enjoying quality, nutritious and delicious meals during their hectic schedule. Likewise, with the prominence of various healthy meal plans for delivery, healthcare workers can expand their options and enjoy the convenience of a customized meal plan for delivery. These are just some of the measures available to ensure that healthcare workers stay healthy. If there’s anything we now appreciate, it’s that staying healthy, and keeping healthcare workers healthy, is critically important.




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Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist Program Article on Blackseed Oil

There are many dietary herbs and oils that are beneficial for health.  Blackseed oil is a very good one to look into especially if you have high blood sugar or high cholesterol.   It is a very common herb used in Ayurveda medicine in India and can be useful to many individuals in Western society as well.

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The article, “8 Benefits of Black Seed Oil That Make It a Super Supplement” by Mary Grace Garis looks at the benefits of blackseed oil and how it can help individuals with certain health issues.  She states,

“Formally speaking, black seed oil is extracted from the fruit of the Nigella sativa plant, a small flowering plant that grows in Southwest Asia, the Middle East, and Southern Europe. And it’s been around for a while: It’s commonly used in Ayurveda, a holistic medicine practice that originated in India”

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Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist Article on Depression and Herbal Supplements

Many individuals fear the negative effects of medication when dealing with depression.  Some may need it but others through coping and potentially herbal supplements can overcome.  This is obviously something that is decided between a patient and a doctor.

There are a variety of herbal supplements that can help with depression. Be sure to consult your doctor for any treatments. Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist Program


Certain herbs though do have the potential to help with depression and are worth looking into under the direction of a physician.

The article, “11 Herbs and Supplements to Help Fight Depression” from Healthline looks at a few herbs and supplements that may help you.  The article states,

“Depressive disorders are treated with medication and psychotherapy. Lifestyle modifications, including making dietary changes and taking certain supplements, may also help people with depression. For example, research shows that specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other compounds may be particularly effective at improving depressive symptoms.”

To read the entire article and see the complete list, please click here

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Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist Program Article on Tea

Tea has many benefits.  Some are acute while others help with chronic conditions.  Knowing which tea is best for what can help alleviate some symptoms while sick or in need of a particular benefit.

Tea has many benefits health wise. Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic and Integrative Health Care Program


The article, “5 Buzzy Wellness Teas To Try For Major Health Benefits” by Ashley Tibbits looks at some benefits of tea for purposes of health and wellness.  She states,

“There’s nothing new about sipping herbal teas for various benefits. In fact, mint or ginger tea for digestion and chamomile for winding down have been used in different cultures for centuries. That said, the latest — and most buzzworthy — teas are blending different trendy ingredients in with the tried-and-true ones to aid in various health issues or make them even more super powered.”

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Holistic and Integrative Specialist Program Article on Allergies and Natural Remedies

Natural remedies can sometimes help people reduce or control allergies during seasonal change.  With so many medications and shots, natural remedies can be a more welcoming solution or they can be combined for better solutions.

Allergies can be controlled sometimes or at least managed with natural remedies. Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic and Integrative Specialist Program


The article, “9 Natural Remedies for Allergies That Actually Work” by Victoria Hoff looks at these natural remedies.  She states,

“But in spite of my itchy eyes and the distinct sensation that a truck was repeatedly backing into my sinus cavity, I made myself a deal: I’d try home remedies for allergies first, and if nothing improved in a week’s time, I would then hit my local pharmacy. I got to researching, and the next day (love you, Amazon Prime) I had an arsenal of holistic remedies on my doorstep, ready for testing.”

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Give Your Mood a Boost with this Holistic Healthcare Guide!

Doctor holding a green apple in his hand. To paraphrase the old adage, we are what we eat! What we put in our bodies has a positive or negative effect on our health, both physically as well as mentally. So it is no surprise that certain foods can give our moods a booster shot! From common sense to holistic healthcare advice, the foods listed on the link below could help lift us up or send us crashing down! Here is the link to the original article:

From Yahoo News
By Ruben Castaneda, Angela Haupt

As Virginia Woolf once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Indeed, what we eat (and drink) affects more than just our waistline and cholesterol numbers.

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As the article states eating foods like oranges, grapefruits, spinach, to foods like seafood and walnuts can have a big impact on our emotional and mental well being. It also outlines the importance of avoiding overly sugary foods, highly caffeinated drinks  or artificial sweeteners as they can have a negative impact. Perhaps we should practice a little holistic nutrition and reach for an orange with a side of walnuts instead of a 3rd cup of coffee and a butter cream frosted cupcake for that late afternoon pick me up? It could be the boost our mood needs!

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Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist Program Article on Functional Medicine

As alternative therapies become more mainstream, individuals are looking for guidance from healthcare professionals on what therapies are safe and which ones can be utilized with conventional medicine.  There are a wide variety of other therapies and herbs that treat the whole person and source of the issue than just the symptoms.  Functional medicine is something that does this.

Functional medicine looks to the heal the whole of the person. Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist Program


The article, Why Pharmacists Have Begun Embracing Functional Medicine by Briyce Lyndum looks at how healthcare professionals and pharmacists are seeing the importance of functional medicine.  He states,

“The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) defines the practice as “an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness.” Unlike traditional medical practice—in which treatments only address the symptoms of a disease—functional medicine focuses on the root cause of the problem and correlates it with different biological and environmental factors. It allows for a more individualized treatment plan that offers better outcomes, especially for patients suffering from chronic medical conditions.”

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Functional medicine offers more opportunities for individuals to find the right treatment that best fits their issue. It looks at the source and looks to fix it there.

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Putting A Stop To High Diabetes Rates Among Health Care Workers

Blocks that spell out the word diabetes with fruit and vegetables around it. Written by Lucy Peters

There is a significantly high risk of diabetes among health care workers, with numerous studies postulating three main reasons why: unhealthy lifestyles, obesity, and physical inactivity. Current times are indicative of the importance of maintaining optimal health in this sector, since diabetes can pose a risk for worse outcomes in viral and other infections. Doctors, nurses, and other professionals often face high levels of psychosocial strain, and can be called upon to complete long work shifts – all of which can also contribute to the adoption of unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as the consumption of an unhealthy diet and sedentarism. As stated in a study by M Belingheri and colleagues, the problem is exacerbated when health care workers have other conditions such as hypertension, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease, all of which can worsen outcomes for various diseases and conditions.

Diabetes And Work Performance

Embracing a healthy lifestyle and receiving early diagnosis for conditions like hypertension is vital for health care workers. Not only does diabetes post a risk of worse outcomes, but it also carries symptoms that can make work in a healthcare setting difficult. For instance, people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can have a type of nerve damage called diabetic neuropathy. The legs and feet are mostly affected, with symptoms including pain and numbness. Diabetic neuropathy actually affects up to 50% of people with diabetes, and when it is severe, it can interfere greatly with one’s ability to work and complete daily tasks.

Fighting Type 2 Diabetes Through A Healthy Diet

A study by O A Busari and colleagues shows that health care workers can have a significantly higher chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. In order to fight this tendency, a proactive approach that embraces a preventive lifestyle needs to be adopted. This should begin with the adoption of a Mediterranean-type diet, which comprises lean proteins, grains, healthy Omega-3 fats, and plenty of fiber from fruits and vegetables. Specific foods can help health workers achieve their goals. A study undertaken at the Chalmers Institute of Technology, for instance, has found that whole grains (be they rye, oats or wheat) have a vital role in preventing Type 2 diabetes. The researchers recommended switching white flour foods for wholegrain foods, and avoiding foods like red meat and coffee. Women should aim to consume around 70g of wholegrain foods, and men around 90g. These can be sourced from foods such as rye bread, oatmeal porridge, and crispbread.

Embracing An Active Lifestyle

A 2018 study undertaken at the University of Birmingham has shown that regular physical activity reduces the risk of diabetes. Walking, jogging and running are all linked to lower diabetes rates, but any cardiovascular workout can be equally beneficial. “About one fifth of the observed diabetes cases which developed could have been avoided if inactive individuals had engaged in World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended levels of exercise,” said researchers. Despite this fact, research by H Blake and colleagues (Predictors of physical activity and barriers to exercise in nursing and medical students, Journal of Advanced Nursing), shows that health care professionals on the whole have low levels of physical activity, with barriers including a lack of time and inconvenient schedules. Health organizations should take this matter seriously, making key changes to schedules and encouraging involvement in fitness programs by workers.

Health care workers often fail to meet exercise requirements and consume a healthy diet, which ups their risk for diabetes. Conditions such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension can worsen outcomes for workers with diabetes. A preventive stance should be taken to remove the main barriers to healthier lifestyles. These are simply a lack of time, and schedules that are unconducive to regular exercise.





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