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The future looks good for the practice of holistic medicine as more people are trying to find a more natural way to maintain good health and to cure illnesses. Listen to any commercial about medications, and the side effects of taking the medication sound worse than the illness being cured. There is a growing interest in learning how to heal the body with natural methods. 

Holistic Health Practitioners

A holistic health practitioner combines many natural methods to cure disease in the body, including nutritional counseling, herbology, acupressure, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and naturopathic medicine. There are many disciplines of holistic medicine, but the overriding method of all forms include engaging the mind and body to create an environment that supports good health. Some methods focus on the restoring the body to health, while other methods focus on the mental connection to good health.

Which branch of holistic medicine?

One way to determine which branch of holistic medicine would best fit the needs of the student and their career goals is to take a Career Assessment test. That could pinpoint which branch of holistic medicine would be the most appropriate. Aptitude tests also test the student’s ability to handle the coursework to become a holistic health practitioner.

What training is required for holistic medicine careers?

Schools of holistic medicine will have a menu of many different courses. There is a general holistic health practitioner certificate that is earned by taking a variety of classes that provide an overview and understanding of holistic health. Some students prefer to specialize in one area, and supplement their knowledge with other areas of care to better serve the patient. Most practitioners continually take courses to enhance their knowledge and skills base.

What could one do with a holistic medicine career?

There are many branches of holistic medicine, and the  herbalist will perform different services than an acupuncturist, but the basics of the care are similar. Holistic health practitioners treat the whole body to cure the cause of the disease, rather than just treat the symptoms of the disease. They start by assessing all aspects of the patient, from their daily habits to their hobbies and recreational activity. A detailed medical history is obtained, and questions about their mental health are probed.

Once a clear picture of the patient becomes clear, the holistic health provider works with the patient to bring the body back to a state of wellness using their modality of treatment. The patient may also be referred to other natural health practitioners to supplement the treatment and healing.


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