The use of alternative medicine is becoming a booming business in the United States. A 2007 survey revealed that 38 percent of Americans use some form of complimentary alternative medicine in their lives and about 12 percent of children have used holistic healing as a way to complement their healthcare. Holistic healing is a complete mind, body, and spiritual healing.
Holistic healing recognizes that the mind and spirit play an important role in healing the cells in the body. Holistic healing and practices such as acupuncture, herbalism, meditation, and massage therapy date back thousands of years.
Holistic healing is not new in the United States, as herbalism and holistic practices were used in America through the early 19th century. It was only with the advent of modern medicine that holistic healing took a back seat.
Today, more people are returning to more forms of holistic healing, most often used to complement modern medicine in some way. For example, many cancer patients who are on chemotherapy will complement that therapy with herbs, massage therapy, and/or meditation to help heal the cells in their body.
What is Considered Holistic Healing?
Holistic healing takes on many different forms. Some of the most common forms of holistic healing include: massage, acupuncture, Chinese medicine (herbs), chiropractic, herbal, holistic health practitioner, homeopathy, nutrition, personal training, aromatherapy, colonic therapy, energy healing, feng shui, hydrotherapy, hypnotherapy, kinesiology, osteopathy, reflexology, and yoga.
How Do I Get an Education in Holistic Healing?
Some forms of holistic healing, such as chiropractic and doctors of osteopathy, are considered licensed physicians. These doctors earn a bachelor's degree and chiropractors must then attend four years of chiropractic college and pass a licensing exam.
Some forms of holistic healing aren't regulated by the states. For example, there is no accreditation for herbalists or a licensing exam. However, these types of holistic healing professionals must be careful not to violate state laws in attempting to diagnose or treat a condition. These types of holistic healing practitioners must operate as teachers, helping and counseling people on living a more natural life, rather than diagnosing and treating conditions or diseases.
The first thing you must consider when deciding on a form of holistic healing is which modality you would like to learn. Research all you can about the form of holistic healing. Are there certification procedures? How many schools give certification in the modality of holistic healing you want to pursue? Can you take online classes or must you attend courses on campus? How long will it take? Is there financial aid available? Is the school in holistic healing you're looking at accredited (if there's accreditation) for the modality of holistic healing you wish to pursue? Will they prepare you for the licensing exam in your state?
A profession in holistic healing can be a very rewarding experience and it's important to research the schools.