More hospices, patients turn to complementary therapies

03/28/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

There is growing interest among dying patients in complementary therapies such as acupuncture and massage, and more hospices are providing them as an adjunct to pain medication to relieve other symptoms, such as nausea, or to help keep people more mentally alert. "It's certainly been gaining momentum in the past four of five years," said Dr. Porter Storey, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine executive vice president. The approach can be useful when pain meds cause complications, when they are not sufficient and for patients who are seeking to to remain sharp.

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