There is an increasing demand for health care approaches that promote wellness of the spirit, mind, and body, and for trained holistic medicine professionals who can provide these alternative treatments. Here are four reasons the outlook for careers in holistic medicine is positive, and why there are more career opportunities in acupuncture, massage, and yoga than ever before.
A proven track record.
A lot of this demand is happening because people know holistic medicine is effective. For thousands of years, holistic health has been considered the healthy balance of spirit, mind, and body. As far back as 5,000 years, practitioners in China have promoted the idea of holistic healing and healthy living, and of being at one with nature.
Hippocrates and the Ancient Greeks supported the healing and rebalancing of the body’s natural makeup through natural means. Hippocrates felt strongly about the body’s ability to heal itself, and Socrates and Plato wrote extensively about holistic healing and herbal medicine.
Many practices and remedies used then continue to be part of the conventions of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurveda from the 6th century.
Today, people are placing greater value on this ancient approach. They are witnessing imbalances in the environment and in the chemicals we find in our food, air, and water. They are searching for better alternatives, and they are seeking this holistic health and balance once again whether it’s through exercise, organic food, or remedies that address their spirit, mind, and body.
This openness and readiness for alternative treatments has added to the demand for holistic medicine.
Another sign the future looks positive is in how many locations are seeking holistic medicine professionals. For some time now, cruise lines, hotels, spas, and wellness centers have increased their number of locations and services, creating job opportunities for acupuncturists, massage therapists, and yoga instructors.
Also, an increasing number of employers are providing wellness benefits to their employees, hiring holistic specialists, and providing treatment options. Further, more and more traditional doctors’ offices and medical facilities are offering patients integrated or alternative treatments and services, adding to the demand for those with proper training in holistic medicine.
Finally, the types of holistic medicine are increasing, adding to the number of careers in holistic medicine that can be pursued. People are seeking herbal and homeopathic remedies, along with treatments in the areas of Naturopathy and Ayurveda. All these approaches have become popular and are being more accepted as pathways to healthy living.
With so many indicators of a bright future for careers in holistic medicine, there’s never been a better time to pursue your education and certification in this growing field. AMC offers comprehensive, accredited programs in both massage therapy and acupuncture. To learn more and get started, request a free course catalog here.