Explore A Career As A Holistic Health Practitioner

February 24, 2015

Patients practice martial arts at a psychiatric hospital in Thailand Over the past few years there has been a growing interest in holistic medicine as more and more people are looking for natural ways to cure their ailments and maintain good health. With this trend on an upward curve, the future looks bright for anyone contemplating pursuing a career as a holistic health practitioner.

Understanding The Principles Of Holistic Medicine

Unlike traditional medicine where practitioners specialise in treating individual organs or specific parts of the body, holistic medicine focuses on treating the entire body as one whole system. The belief behind this method is that treating the mind and body together helps to create an environment that fosters overall good health. Holistic medicine is thought to be more effective for long-term overall health as opposed to targeting a single area that needs healing.

As a holistic health practitioner, you would use one or a combination of multiple natural methodologies to cure diseases. These natural methods could include homeopathy, acupressure, traditional Chinese medicine, herbology or nutritional counselling amongst others. If you decided to practise holistic medicine, you could either practise as a general practitioner or you could train in any one of the subspecialties.

Some of the methods used may primarily focus on restoring the body to good health while others may focus on improving mental health. The main focus is on making long-term lifestyle changes to stay healthier physically as well as mentally. 

Inside The Holistic Health Practitioner’s Clinic

A session generally starts with the practitioner questioning the patient about their diet, exercise, sleep patterns and other lifestyle habits.

Weekend trip in Thailand!Although the treatment techniques may differ slightly between the different holistic health streams, the diagnostic methods and basics of care are similar. All holistic practitioners, irrespective of specialty, focus on treating the whole body to cure the cause of the illness, rather than simply treating the symptoms of the illness. They all start by taking extensive notes of the patient’s lifestyle factors as well as any physical or mental issues they may be experiencing.

Based on the notes, the practitioner offers the patient advice on how to improve various aspects of their lifestyle and live a healthier life.

Training Requirements for Holistic Medicine

Schools that offer holistic medicine usually have a suite of courses that you can choose from. Obtaining a general holistic health practitioner certificate would generally involve enrolling in a variety of classes that provide a general overview and understanding of holistic health. If you wish to specialise in any one specific area of holistic medicine or a combination of specialties, you would have to enrol in different combinations of classes depending on your chosen area/s.

As holistic medicine keeps evolving with newer discoveries being made every so often, it is necessary for holistic medicine practitioners to stay updated about the latest discoveries and inventions to provide patients with the best care possible. This can be done by reading medical journals, being a part of accredited holistic medical associations and taking advanced courses to enhance your knowledge and skills base.