Careers in Natural Healing

Written by: Natural Staff

Careers in Natural Healing Natural healing, often referred to as “alternative” “complementary” or “integrative” medicine covers a broad range of healing philosophies, approaches and therapies.  It refers to treatments and healthcare practices not taught widely in medical
schools or not generally used in hospitals. As these healing methods continue to become integrated with mainstream healthcare, the outlook for careers in the natural healing field remains strong.

Essential Statistics
  It is exciting to note the increasing acceptance and visibility of alternative and complementary forms of healing:

  • The National Center   for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reports that   more than 42% of Americans use alternative medicine to address  their health and wellness concerns.
  • The budget for the NCCAM   went from $2 million in 1993, to $50 million in 1999.
  • In addition, Americans spent more than $27 billion on these therapies in 1997, exceeding out-of-pocket spending for all U.S. hospitalizations.
  • The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) reports a 47.3% increase in total visits to alternative medicine practitioners between 1990 and 1997.
  • A survey published in  1994 revealed that more than 60% of doctors from a wide range
      of specialties recommended alternative therapies to their patients at least once. That same study also reported that 47% of those doctors used alternative therapies themselves.
  • Nearly 3/4 of U.S. medical schools offer elective courses in alternative and complementary medicine or include it in required courses.
  • A 1998 JAMA study showed that people turn to alternative healing not so much as a result of dissatisfaction with conventional medicine, but largely because the healthcare alternatives more closely mirror their own values,
      beliefs and philosophical orientations toward life.About 
    NaturalHealers is dedicated to providing the best information to prospective students of natural healing techniques. We strive to be the finest resource available, allowing students to compare schools, contact them, read common questions and answers, and ask questions.

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