Complementary Medicine - Energy Therapies
There are two types of energy therapies, both of which involve the use of energy fields. Biofield therapies are used to affect energy fields in and around the human body. Bioelectromagnetic - based therapies use electromagnetic fields to affect the body, such as those from magnets or electrical current. AcupunctureHealing touchReikiMagnetic field therapyTranscutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
Complementary Medicine - Manipulative and Body-Based Methods
These therapies involve the movement or realignment of parts of the body. BodyworkChiropractic treatmentMassage therapyShould I use complementary medicine? ...
Complementary Medicine - Mind-Body Interventions
These techniques develop the mind's ability to help the body to heal or keep itself well. Some of these techniques, such as cognitive - behavioral therapy, were once considered complementary medicine and are now a part of conventional medicine in the United States.AromatherapyAutogenic trainingBiofeedbackGuided imageryHumor therapyHypnosisLight therapyMeditationMusic therapyPrayerTai chi and qi ..
Grieving a Chronic Illness - Topic Overview
You have just been diagnosed with an illness that will last your entire lifetime. You may have many different feelings,such as anger,resentment,or denial. These feelings are normal and expected because you are experiencing the loss of what your life was like before you were diagnosed with this disease. You can help yourself adjust by: Becoming aware of your loss. Although there are steps ...
Belly-Breathing (Diaphragmatic Breathing) - Topic Overview
Belly-breathing fills your lungs fully,slows your breathing rate,and helps you relax. Place one hand on your belly just below the ribs and the other hand on your chest. You can do this while standing,but it may be more comfortable while you are lying on the floor with your knees bent. Take a deep breath through your nose. As you inhale,let your belly push your hand out. Keep your chest ...
WebMD explains the possible benefits and risks of cupping therapy, a form of alternative medicine.
Hospice Care - Topic Overview
What is hospice care?Hospice care provides medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a terminal illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Hospice care also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one. Why would I choose hospice care?The goal of hospice treatment is to keep ...
Hospice Care - Receiving Hospice Care
Hospice is a comprehensive program with services for people who are seriously ill and not expected to recover. When you decide to be cared for by a hospice program, you acknowledge that your treatment goals will shift from doing everything possible to cure your condition to helping make the rest of your life as comfortable and high - quality as possible.You do not need to be bedridden or in a ...
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 ...
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 ...