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Natural Healing

Natural alternatives for health, medicine, and wellness have become exceedingly popular and visible options on today's health care menu of services. Insurance companies are more likely than ever to reimburse for these services, and many doctors are recommending alternative treatments to complement or supplement conventional treatments. Natural healing is truly getting the recognition it deserves. 

If you prefer acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage therapy, or other types of alternative medicine practices for natural healing, there is no better time than now to find a trained practitioner. Many are turning to natural healing remedies after years of frustration with conventional medicine. Some are seeking natural healing practices in addition to the necessary traditional treatments. Regardless of reasons, natural healing is a viable option and is therefore a dynamic, emergent sector of our current, and future, health care marketplace. 

There are a number of areas that fall under the umbrella of natural healing. According to the National Institutes of Health, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) includes the following: whole medical systems such as homeopathy, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, ayurvedic medicine, and Native-American medicine. Mind-Body medicine, biologically-based practices, manipulative and body-based practices, energy medicine, and integrative medicine (combining many of the above) are also examples of natural healing therapies. This is not an exhaustive list by any means; yoga, shiatsu, biofeedback, reiki, meditation, mystical traditions, aromatherapy, and endless other specializations make CAM an extremely fluid, dynamic field with natural healing and optimal wellness at the core.  

Natural Healing: A Holistic Alternative
Websites like natheal.com and naturalhealingtoday.com offer a plethora of resources, articles, and links for all things natural healing. Check these sites and find out more about the piece of the natural healing puzzle that most intrigues you. 

Each aspect of the natural healing universe requires some form of certification, training, instruction, or licensing before aspiring practitioners can formally provide these valuable services to clients. When you have determined the natural healing course of study from which you are most interested in developing a career, seek out accredited programs in that field and be sure to check licensing requirements with the state in which you plan to practice. 

Whether you choose acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, or massage therapy, a career in natural healing allows practicing professionals to treat the cause of health problems in a way that considers the whole person and seeks long-term optimal health as its primary goal.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that those employed in the segment of industry categorized as "offices of other health practitioners" (under which natural healers are likely to fall) numbered 571,000 in 2006, with an estimated percent change from 2006 to 2016 at a robust 28.3 percent  Average weekly earnings came to about $498, at a rate of $17.27 hourly, with the total number of hours worked close to 30. These numbers will vary greatly depending on such factors as whether the health care practitioner is self-employed or how great the demand for natural healing may be in their area of practice. 

Start now - choose the natural healing path you desire to follow!