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    1. Alternative Treatments for Sleep Disorders

      WebMD explores alternative and complementary treatments for sleep disorders.

    2. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - Topic Overview

      What is massage?Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. There are at least 80 different types of massage. Some are gentle, and some are very active and

    3. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - Topic Overview

      What is kava?Kava, or kava kava, is a root found on South Pacific islands. Islanders have used kava as medicine and in ceremonies for centuries. Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medications such as diazepam (Valium, for example).1 Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles.2 Although kava is not addictive, its effect ...

    4. Massage Therapy Styles and Health Benefits

      WebMD examines different styles of massage, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. Find out why they’re done and what their health benefits are.

    5. Grief and Grieving - Home Treatment

      Coping with griefHome treatment plays an important role in working through the grieving process. Talking about the loss, sharing cares and concerns, and getting support from others are very important components of healthy grieving. If you are caring for a dying loved one, it is important to take good care of yourself as well. When you know that a loss is approaching, especially if you are able to

    6. Hospice Care - Overview

      Many people care for a chronically ill or disabled spouse, parent, or other family member. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, especially when you know that your care makes a positive difference. However, caregiving can be difficult. There are three keys to being a good caregiver:Take care of yourself first.Don't help too much.Don't do it alone.This topic will tell you more about these tips

    7. Making a Change That Matters - Take Pride

      Take pride in your efforts. Being a caregiver is not easy, and those who do it are special. Following the tips for caregiving can help you feel good about yourself and the care you provide. Remember:Care for your own needs first. Your physical and mental health depend on it. Give yourself as much special attention as you give the person you care for.Help the person you care for to be independent.

    8. Hospice Care - Topic Overview

      WebMD explains what grief is, what is normal in the grieving process, and how to manage sadness. Also learn the signs of depression to watch for.

    9. Grief and Grieving - When to Call a Doctor

      If you or someone you know develops complications of grief such as disturbing or suicidal thoughts, depression, or anxiety, get help. Callor other emergency services if:You think you cannot stop yourself from harming or killing yourself.You hear voices that frighten you, especially if the voices tell you to hurt yourself or other people.Someone who is grieving tries to harm himself or herself or .

    10. Making a Change That Matters - Caregiver Tip No. 1: Take Care of Yourself

      If you want to give good care, you have to take care of yourself first. Caregivers tend to deny their own needs. This strategy may work fine for short - term caregiving. For long - term caregiving, however, it is sure to lead to problems.Several problems can occur when caregivers don't take good care of themselves:They become ill.They become depressed.They "burn out" and stop providing care ...

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