Alternative Medicine: Explore A Career As A Nutritional Therapist

July 4, 2014

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Alternative medicine is a great choice for those who want to be healers and help people recover from illnesses without having to prescribe mainstream medicine. A nutritional therapist believes that people get fitter and healthier by changing their lifestyle and nutrition.

If you are interested in this career, you can become a qualified practitioner in this field by satisfying a few requirements which are laid down by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. This can be done by taking a course which has been recognised by a professional organisation in nutritional therapy. You can get in touch with the CNHC and find out whether your qualifications suit the entry level requirements or not.

Once you are qualified to practice as a Nutritionist, you must also become a member of a professional body in this field. This will help you stay in the loop of all the latest news and also help you develop in your field.

A student assisting with patients during ward rounds, Tanzania. Is A Career in Nutrition Right for You?

Becoming a Nutritional Therapist gives you a lot of freedom but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Most nutritional therapists set up their own private practices so unlike most doctors who work at hospitals, they get to set their own working hours and they can run their operation exactly the way they want. This is excellent for those who want flexible timings or if they don’t want to be answerable to anyone else.

However, if you decide to get into this field, you will need to have a number of other skills besides just being good at your work. Unlike doctors in hospitals, as a nutritional therapist, you will be running your own operation completely. This means that you will have to be involved in hiring and firing staff, you will have to manage all the accounts, you will have to advertise yourself and you will have to handle your patients completely on your own.

What Does It Take To Be A Good Nutritional Therapist?

First of all, you have to be a good listener. You need to understand the problems which your patients face. Once you understand the problem, you need to be able to diagnose the actual cause of the problem. Treatment in these cases is also tricky because you can only control their diet and lifestyle. If you have some mainstream knowledge about medicine it can be a big help in these cases. Besides being able to diagnose the problem, you should also be a great encourager and motivator. Those who suffer from nutritional problems need to completely believe in this therapy and they need to be convinced that a change in their diet and lifestyle is necessary. And finally, you must have great communication skills. You patients need to respect you and believe in you so that they keep coming back to you.

Alternate remedies are becoming increasingly popular and a number of people are seeking to be cured through natural processes instead of going to regular doctors and hospitals. Choosing Nutrition Therapy as a career will open up numerous opportunities for you.