Holistic practitioners also called holistic healing practitioners or alternative medicine practitioners use alternative forms of medicine to treat patients and help people live the highest quality of lives possible. According to the website www.buzzle.com holistic practitioners represent a diverse set of competencies but all believe in treating the overall health and wellness of the patient. They operate on the philosophy that people suffer when there is an imbalance of the physical emotional social and spiritual aspects of their lives. The basic philosophy that drives this field is that that the body can heal itself naturally though sometimes help is needed to boost the immune system. To accomplish their goals practitioners use traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) homeopathy chiropractics nutritional counseling yoga acupressure massage therapy reflexology and breathing exercises. They believe in using herbs and plants to treat many of the body’s ailments. According to the website httpeducation-portal.com the education requirements for holistic practitioners depend on the area in which they specialize. Some are medical doctors who blend conventional and alternative practices. Others are trained specifically in alternative medicine. Still others have bachelor’s degrees plus advanced training and credentials as acupuncturists chiropractors massage therapists nutritionists and so on. Most holistic practitioners complete a training course in holistic health to satisfy the requirements for certification which can vary by state. Holistic practitioners can work in hospitals clinics or on their own. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be an increased demand for holistic practitioners but their earnings vary depending on their specialty. For example massage therapists earn a median wage of approximately $40000 chiropractors earn a median salary of approximately $82000 and osteopathic doctors usually earn over $100000 a year. Across all specialties www.buzzle.com says that the average annual income for holistic practitioners with advanced degrees is about $60000.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Takes care of the overall health and wellness of patients.
Teaches holistic health techniques.
Attempts to enhance their patients' quality of life.
Uses alternative forms of medicine to treat patients .
|Also Called:||Holistic Healing Practitioner