|Careers in Natural HealingWritten by: Natural Healers.com Staff
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Careers in Natural Healing
by NaturalHealers.com Staff
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.
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
- 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.
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