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Top Holistic Studies

Top Holistic StudiesHolistic medicine is the practice of healing a patient with specific care addressed towards the health and well-being of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – as opposed to simply treating the symptoms. In general, practitioners of holistic medicine integrate traditional and alternative medicine to provide therapy and treat diseases. Often, holistic doctors correct contributing factors of a chronic illness or emotional distress in a patient’s life rather than prescribe medicine or pharmaceuticals.

Holistic Studies Schools

The North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners, which grants ND licensing, has approved a short list of natural healing programs which have been accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.

The following schools that have been approved by the NABNE to provide naturopath degrees and have been listed according to student-faculty ratio and total enrollment for the 2010 academic year, based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

  • National University of Health Sciences
  • Bastyr University
  • University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • National College of Natural Medicine
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

In 2012, U.S. News & World Review released its rankings of the best medical schools (primary care). Most of these schools offer electives or specialties in integrative medicine, which explores treating the whole of a person on biological, social, spiritual and psychological levels. Here are the best medical schools for primary care, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 list:

1.  University of Washington
2.  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
3.  Oregon Health and Science University
4.  University of California, San Francisco
5.  University of Colorado, Denver

Below are some of the holistic studies focuses available from schools and colleges through SchoolsGalore.com

Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine is focused around healing, and preventing, diseases rather than treating the symptom. Holistic medicine promotes health and well being as ways to prevent common illnesses and prevent common diseases. Holistic medicine also relies upon what the Center for Holistic Medicine calls the “innate healing power” of all people. In this sense, holistic medical practitioners guide the patient into entering a better state of well being under their own power.

Holistic treatments can includes acupuncture, hormonal therapies, vitamin and mineral supplementation, elimination and allergy diets to treat weight gain, allergies, stress and other illnesses.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not contain any statistics for information on holistic medical practitioners specifically and only provides information for physicians and surgeons.

Holistic Psychology

Holistic psychology can practice dance or movement therapy to treat emotional trauma while maintaining the patient’s overall health. Dance and movement therapy has been used to treat patients with cancer and cope with various mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

As holistic psychology builds upon the greater understanding of psychology taught at an undergraduate level, holistic psychology programs are often offered at a master’s or doctorial degree level. Classes include clinical therapy and clinical psychology as well courses in Iyengar Yoga, breath rehabilitation and mind centering.

In order to practice as a holistic psychologist, as with all forms of psychology, an individual must be licensed in the state they wish to practice in. Information on the licensing requirements is provided by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov, 2012) does not list any statistics related to holistic psychology, they do list information on other forms of psychology and psychological therapy. The BLS (BLS.gov, 2012) reports the 2011 national median salary for a clinical, counseling and school psychologist at $67,880 per year in May, 2011. The employment for clinical, counseling and school psychologist is expected to see up to 22 percent growth from 2010 to 2020 as people turn to psychologists to deal with issues of depression and job stress (BLS.gov, 2012).

Learn more about accredited holistic studies programs from schools and colleges through SchoolsGalore.com

When researching colleges and universities, make sure to verify that your choice of school is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council or by another accrediting agency that approved by The U.S. Department of Education or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or both. DETC and CHEA both provide a searchable list of approved schools.

Sources and further reading:

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation

The U.S. Department of Education

The Distance Education and Training Council

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

O*NET Online

The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education

The North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners

The American Holistic Medical Association