This spring I completed training to become a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturist. My goal of providing comprehensive acupuncture services to older adults includes end-of-life care for patients approaching death and those who choose to forego ongoing medical intervention.
Acupuncture is an effective support for easing anxiety, fear, and emotional distress surrounding long-term illness, as well as the dying process. By calming the mind, acupuncture helps patients preserve their energy for connecting with loved ones, engaging in spiritual practice, and approaching their final days with a sense of peace.
This work also assists in managing pain, helps patients sleep, increases appetite, and boosts mental clarity. Because it is so versatile, it can be administered to clients in hospital beds or wheelchairs at home or in skilled nursing facilities. It is a truly remarkable support that can even be offered simultaneously to family and primary caregivers, strengthening the wellbeing of all involved.
If you have questions about how acupuncture can help ease the dying process for yourself or a loved one, please reach out. It is an honor for me to be a part of your support network now and in the future.