What are the top 5 leading causes of disability in the USA and how can herbalists help?

As of 2021, the top 5 leading causes of disability in the USA are:

  1. Low back pain:  Herbalists can recommend herbs and plant products that help reduce inflammation and reduce pain including white willow bark, passionflower, devil’s claw, valerian root, and turmeric.
  2. Major depressive disorder:  Herbalists can support your mental health treatment plan with solid nutritional advice and support, and by recommending herbs that help reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.
  3. Neck pain:  Some neck pain is caused by inflammation or degenerative disc disease. Herbalists can recommend supplements and herbs that reduce inflammation and provide analgesic support.
  4. Knee osteoarthritis;  Herbalists can recommend nutritional support and herbal remedies that complement or support allopathic treatment for arthritis as well as devise a natural medicine treatment plan for osteoarthritis. 
  5. Stroke:  Herbalists are going to be your ally in helping prevent stroke by recommending dietary and lifestyle changes as well as herbal remedies supporting healthy lifestyles.

The prevalence of disabilities may vary depending on the population and can change over time due to advances in healthcare, changes in lifestyle and risk factors, and other factors. Additionally, these leading causes of disability are not exclusive to the USA and are prevalent in many countries worldwide.

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