Palliate: Word of the Day

I receive a “word-of-the-day” in my email everyday (from Merriam-Webster).  Today’s word is one every ND knows well: palliate.  We often ask ourselves: are we suppressing or palliating here (this patient, symptom etc)?  I especially like definition number 2.  It speaks volumes to the action/art/nature’s force of healing from the inside out.  Healing & recovery often are not pretty (much like many things real).  And there are no excuses or apologies to offer (other than asking your patients, self etc to practice patience and let the vis do its job).  You have to be patient and you have to be willing to do the work.  Palliating can provide some temporary relief along the way.

palliateAudio Pronunciation\PAL-ee-ayt\
to reduce the violence of (a disease); also : to ease (symptoms) without curing the underlying disease
to cover by excuses and apologies
to moderate the intensity of


Sources: M-W word of the day 🙂