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Naturopathic doctor

Career Highlights

  • Prescribe homeopathic remedies and herbal medicines
  • Balance naturopathy in the body, mind, and spirit
  • Complement to conventional medicine.

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Many of us have heard about holistic healing and alternative medicine, but aren't entirely sure what they are. The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) defines holistic medicine as "the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person - body, mind, and spirit."

I've grown up with an abundance of Asthma problems. While holistic / natural medicine hasn't cured my Asthma, it has certainly improved my life from day to day, and especially during the winters. I use to be able to practically schedule in when I would develop pneumonia every December. I would stay away from anyone who gave the slightest indication of a cold. I took vitamins, drank gallons of orange juice, wore the warmest clothes and avoided all unhealthy food and drinks. Nevertheless, I still caught the flu, and then pneumonia. Then one year a friend gave me a nasty-looking tea to drink and promised me that if I drank it, I would never develop pneumonia again. Four years later and I have yet to develop pneumonia. I wish there was a drinkable cure for Asthma, but after that success I have tried other holistic / natural products / services and have had success.

Many things can affect our physical health through the route of our emotional and mental state. Dozens of articles have been published demonstrating that if a person is depressed, the depression is only one of the first dominoes. The same can be said if a person does not like their job or where they live, if they're stuck inside a building all day.

Holistic Healing is an approach that seeks to find a balance of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives. The mental, emotional and spiritual practice helps the individual find what may be missing with suggestions and communication. One definition of Holistic Healing can be described as non-drug, non-surgical methods of preventing and treating illness.

Holistic Healing is a broad term that covers a variety of topics. Holistic healing addresses the physical symptoms of illness by treating the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of the body. The cornerstone of Holistic Healing is the concept that the whole is made up of interdependent parts that work together. If one part is broken, it affects the rest of the interdependent parts.

Holistic healers look at the "whole person" in order to evaluate their physical symptoms; the symptom is used as a guide to look below the surface for the root cause. Holistic physicians expend as much effort in establishing what kind of patient has the disease as they do in establishing what kind of disease the patient has.

Salary

$80,000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Naturopathic doctor

Career Skills

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Stress Management
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Nutrition

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  1. naturopathy physician

    treatment of naturopathy,yoga and meditation

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