Of the countless painful decisions surrounding a loved one’s end-of-life care, among the trickiest is how to provide physical comfort in a way that also provides a dignified ending.

“For end of life, the opioids are very important for pain management, but they do leave people very sedated,” says researcher and physician Josephine Briggs, who heads the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. “Some people are looking for adjuncts to help with that.”

Increasingly, those adjuncts include acupuncture, massage and other complementary therapies.

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, March 27, 2013

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