DOI link for Complementary Therapies
Complementary Therapies book
The use of complementary therapies in palliative care has a very long history. Many 'natural therapies' have traditionally been used in nursing and have been understood as normal nursing care. One of the greatest challenges for nurses who choose to incorporate complementary therapies into clinical practice is the lack of substantive research that validates these therapies. Nursing is the cornerstone of effective palliative care, and the palliation of physical symptoms is one of the nurse's primary roles. Acupuncture is a potentially beneficial therapy for palliative-care patients experiencing nausea and vomiting. Self-hypnosis, music therapy with guided imagery, and relaxation exercises have been shown to decrease the severity of paediatric nausea and vomiting. The case of Meg illustrates how various complementary therapies can be used to provide a sense of control and independence in the presence of severe symptoms. A commitment to education is required to practise complementary therapies effectively and safely.