In this article, I will discuss how there is a place for acupuncture and complementary therapies in palliative and hospice care and how it can benefit patients, carers and families as well as nursing staff. I will also discuss how volunteering in hospices can
provide invaluable experience and confidence for all acupuncture practitioners - whether they are new
graduates or seasoned professionals.
A major part of complementary therapies in the UK is in hospices and providing palliative
care. Among these therapies, the practice of acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular in
hospice care and in hospitals in the NHS.
Many people are affected by inflammatory conditions such as allergies, arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Those of us who have received acupuncture regularly for inflammatory issues have
experienced firsthand how dramatically it can relieve these conditions. A growing body of scientific research also demonstrates the
benefits of acupuncture, and some studies are also investigating its mechanisms of action (how it works). The journal Nature Medicine
recently published an article that helps explain how acupuncture works to reduce inflammation.
Q:What do you know about fish oil reducing menstrual pain?
A: Fish oil supplements, a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, appear to be helpful for
the treatment of painful menstruation.
In a study of adolescents aged 15 to 18, fish oil was found to significantly reduce menstrual pain.
It is believed that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help relieve dysmenorrhea
(excessively painful menstrual pain) by affecting the metabolism of prostaglandins and other
factors involved in pain and inflammation.
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