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April 26, 2018

It takes courage to work with uncomfortable feelings

(The second in a two-post blog series)

Fear, joy, anger, surprise, shame. Each emotion in this list is important and necessary when it comes to the human experience. There is no such thing as a good or bad emotion. Each serves a purpose. Yet frequently, we tend to ignore, deny or avoid emotions that cause discomfort. When you become aware of a difficult emotion, rather than dwelling on or avoiding it, consider these steps, which may help you to become more skilled at processing and regulating the emotion in a beneficial way:

  • Sit with the emotion and feel it fully.

  • Don’t judge or label the emotion.

  • Let the emotion wash through...

April 4, 2018

Pain, pain, go away 

Only 50% of cancer patients experience effective pain management. When traditional medicine alone can’t control your patients’ pain, you might consider a complementary therapy.

Researchers investigated the effectiveness of Chinese medicine warm compress (CMWC) on relieving cancer-related pain. They randomly assigned 62 patients with a malignant tumor and cancer-related pain to receive appropriate drug therapy based on the World Health Organization 3-step ladder for cancer pain relief. Doctors also gave the treatment group CMWC on back meridians and published their results in Medicine.

Patients experienced mild, moderate, and severe pain (n=19, 22, and 21, respectively) in...

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