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.”

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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.

Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified healthcare professionals seeking a four year certification.

 

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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Integrative and Holistic Healthcare Specialist Program on Holistic Health and Chronic Conditions

Integrative and holistic medicine can help many individuals who suffer from chronic diseases.  A qualified healthcare professional can help navigate the person’s health plan, incorporating western medicine as well as holistic and alternative therapies.  This will ensure the medical safety of the patient and lead the patient to the proper medications and therapies.

Holistic and alternative healthcare practices can help with chronic conditions. Please also review AIHCP’s Integrative and Holistic Healthcare Specialist Program

 

The article, “How Functional Medicine May Help With Chronic Illnesses” by Katharine S. reviews some of the benefits of holistic medications.  She states,

“Functional medicine is a holistic approach that strives to maximize health and wellness by working on the optimal functioning of all human organs. It recognizes that each person is unique, from genetics to biological makeup.   Functional medicine is said to help those who have chronic conditions by changing their lifestyles and taking nutritional supplements. Functional medicine can be used to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from various types of medical conditions. It can be used to treat pain and other conditions like arthritis, cancer, depression, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stress, and sleep disorders.”

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If you would like to learn more about holistic health care and how to help others deal with chronic conditions, then please review AIHCP’s Integrative and Holistic Healthcare Specialist Program and see if it meets your goals.  Qualified healthcare professionals such as nurses and physicians are accepted into this online program.

Holistic Nursing Training Article on Weight Loss and Acupuncture

When losing weight, diet and exercise are the most utilized tools but one can also utilize other holistic approaches.  Acupuncture can also play a key role in how one can lose weight.

Holistic and alternative therapies such as acupuncture can help one lose weight. Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic Nurse Training Program

 

The article, “5 Acupressure Points for Weight Loss” by Eleesha Lockett reviews the importance of Acupuncture as a way to help one lose weight.  She states,

“Traditional Chinese medicine is widely known for being one of the most practiced holistic health approaches in the world. In the United States, aspects of traditional medicine, such as massage therapy and yoga, are a part of mainstream health and wellness culture.  While many people still use traditional approaches to weight loss, others incorporate holistic practices like acupressure into their weight loss journey.”

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Integrative Holistic Specialist Certification Article on Light Therapy

Integrative Holistic Specialists utilize multiple alternative and complimentary treatments for ailments.  Light Therapy is another type of treatment that is utilized for a variety of ailments.

Light therapy uses a lamp, often in a light box that emits light in high doses to help treat various types of depression, insomnia and sometimes even jet lag.  This type of light therapy should not be confused with UV Light therapy, a more concentrated UV ray used to help treat various skin conditions such as Psoriasis and acne.  UV Light, if used in high doses, and on the wrong type of condition, can cause serious skin inflammation and in some cases internal problems. You should always talk to your doctor before undergoing any type of light therapy.

Learn more about becoming a Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist by reviewing AIHCP’s program and see if it meets your professional goals

 

Light Therapy can be used for many ailments listed below:

  • Unseasonal Depression
  • Insomnia
  • New night shift work Schedule
  • Dementia
  • Severe jet lag
  • Depression during Pregnancy or Breast Feeding
  • Any other condition – as recommended by your doctor

 

Light therapy boxes are almost never covered by insurance. However, your doctor can usually give you some recommendations of where to buy them online or in retail stores that won’t create too much of a burden on your wallet. Be sure you purchase a box that has the options and features you are looking for. There are many varieties. It is recommended that you do thorough research before purchasing your light therapy box, bulb or lamp.

Even though a complete cure for depression, SAD, or even insomnia is almost never reported with this treatment, there are many health benefits that can come from consistent use of light therapy. Number one being the reduction of prescription medications.  When using a light therapy box, it is important to not just rest the light on your skin, but to have it indirectly facing into your eyes. Those who aim it on their skin alone may receive some benefits, but, the benefits are greatly heightened when aimed indirectly into the eyes. Be careful not to look directly into the light – doing so may cause retinal damage.

Despite potential risks and precautions – talked about in greater detail in the next section – the light therapy box is a great way to reduce your mental stress, improve your mood, and elevate your energy levels naturally – especially during fall and winter months – when the sun shines the least. Those who practice safe and healthy light therapy techniques – which include safe duration of time (15 min – 2 hrs. a day), timing of light therapy practices (early morning) and proper intensity (see doctor for guidelines), usually see a reduction in medication usage.

Unfortunately, as with nearly every health care therapy there are some risks and precautions you should be aware of before starting or participating in ongoing light therapy treatment. Patients with SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) or other conditions where the skin may be sensitive to light or anyone who takes antibiotics or natural supplements that increase sensitivity to light, are counselled not to take part in this type of therapy.  Additionally, anyone with a history of skin cancer or eye sensitivity should not use light therapy.  If you have any questions about whether or not you should use this type of therapy for your condition, please visit your doctor before starting on treatment, as stated above.

 

Be aware that many of the side-effects that can be experienced are short lived and mild in severity, but, they should never be ignored.  The following is a short list of some of the side-effects that may be experienced during light therapy:

Eyestrain

  • Headaches
  • Vomiting (Nausea)
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Mania, euphoria, hyperactivity or agitation associated with bipolar disorder

 

It is important to understand the benefits and possible risks with any treatment.  This is why it is important work with doctors and other healthcare professionals whenever utilizing a certain therapy.  Integrative Holistic Specialists are trained in both conventional and complimentary medicines and can best guide one through the best options regarding Light Therapy

If you are interested in learning more about becoming certified in Holistic Nursing or becoming a Integrative Holistic Specialist, then please review the program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

 

Healing The Healers: Different Ways Healthcare Professionals Can Manage Their Chronic Pain 

Tablet with the text Pain Management on the displayWritten By Lucy Peters

Around 30% of physicians experience chronic physical illness and pain, with 82% experiencing concomitant chronic mental concerns, according to a study of 248 physicians conducted by the University of Ottawa. As such, there needs to be some changes occurring in the field of medicine — especially when it comes to the concept of chronic pain management. So, to this end, what are a few different ways that healthcare professionals can manage chronic pain?

Chronic Pain-Specific Medication

A study conducted by the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine found that healthcare practitioners limit or avoid controlled pain medications due to their practice guidelines and regulations. Despite this, the discomfort that comes with chronic pain can become so debilitating that they achieve relief through chronic pain-specific medication that’s over the counter or prescribed, such as Oxycodone, Ibuprofen and Morphine. But for doctors who are not comfortable relying on medication, thankfully, there are other options to pursue.

Alternative Care

Chronic pain affects a substantial number of nurses. A study by Gaziantep University found that 84.2% of nurses experience chronic lower back pain of moderate severity. Instead of using any medication, they have found that turning to alternative care like chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture provide relief. Those that undergo chiropractic adjustments reported in a JAMA Open Network’s published study that after six sessions, they have less pain intensity, higher satisfaction in their care, less disability, and more mobility.

Physical Therapy And Exercise

Medical professionals are constantly in motion, and chronic pain hinders this. The pain may also cause a lack of physical activity that opens the gates to other health issues. As such, physical activity is necessary. Aerobic exercises are an effective way to treat chronic pain, according to a study conducted by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center. They found that walking or stationary cycling are moderate impact activities that relieve pain.

Psychiatric Support

Chronic pain is an emotional and mental battle, according to Linda Girgis, MD. She shared her story of being a practicing doctor that got into an accident that left her with a displaced, comminuted proximal humerus fracture. This event effectively made her a chronic pain patient for the rest of her natural life. She soon realized that chronic pain takes a rather strong emotional and mental toll, as the pain made her normal activities no longer possible, and her patients did not care about her pain — only the inconvenience her condition had caused them.

This is precisely why the study conducted by the Department of Psychiatry of George Washington University found that psychological interventions for chronic pain are necessary. Psychiatric support for medical professionals that suffer from chronic pain can help them recalibrate their perspectives and process their pain in a safe and healthy environment.

Living with chronic pain can feel like a continuous battle—especially for the very professionals that are tasked with looking after the health of others. This is why there need to be further studies on managing pain and improving the way the topic of chronic pain in healthcare professionals is addressed. As soon as there is an established way to fully heal the healers from their chronic pain, the better the field of healthcare will be as a whole.

 

 

 

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