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    1. Alternative Treatments for Sleep Disorders

      WebMD explores alternative and complementary treatments for sleep disorders.

    2. Managing Job Stress - 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 ...

    3. 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

    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. 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

    6. Hospice Care - Caregiver Tip No. 2: Don't Help Too Much

      The biggest mistake most caregivers make is providing too much care. Even if they don't admit it, people like to help themselves. Every time you do something for a person that the person could have done alone, there is a double loss. First, your effort may have been wasted. Second, the person has missed an opportunity to help him - or herself.As a caregiver, your highest goal is to give the perso

    7. Hospice Care - Arranging for Hospice Care

      Once you have decided to pursue hospice care, you will need to:Complete documents to determine your eligibility and insurance coverage and to outline your treatment preferences. These documents include: Health care agent or medical power of attorney. For more information, see the topic Choosing a Health Care Agent.Living will. For more information, see the topic Writing an Advance ...

    8. Hospice Care - Considering Hospice Care

      You may want to consider hospice care if:You have a disease or illness that is expected to shorten your life.Treatment that tries to cure the disease or prolong your life has become more of a burden than a benefit to you.You would like to spend your remaining life as comfortably as possible in a setting that you choose, such as your own home.You want family and friends to participate in your ...

    9. Hospice Care - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Fitness: Choosing activities that are right for you ...

    10. Caregiver Tips - 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

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