Holistic Medicine is an umbrella term covering a wide range of treatments. Some are well known and have some support from scientists such as acupuncture – others are more “far out” such as crystal healing. All therapies have adherents and people who benefit from them. They have been around for thousands of years. In Western societies such practices are popular but the idea that they might be used instead of scientific medicine is strongly discouraged. Therefore most holistic practitioners find themselves treating patients who are also receiving medical assistance. People suffering chronic illness will often seek holistic therapies alongside their mainstream treatments. Acupuncture can be used for pain relief while some miraculous healings from positive energy have been reported by cancer patients.
To become a Holistic practitioner it is helpful to be recognized by an official body. There are a number of these around and a simple Google search will furnish you of the ones appropriate to your country. These bodies regulate the industry and award official accreditation to people who meet their criteria of expertise. Criterion differ but you can expect to be awarded an official accreditation if you have one official qualification in an approved discipline like Reiki and a number of diplomas, so, taking our example of a Reiki practitioner, they would also have a certificate in, say, reflexology and massage. If our example person had these things they would receive accreditation.
To get these qualifications many options are available. Some colleges offer a full MSc in Holistic Medicine and cover a wide range of disciplines. Online courses are popular and cover courses that are entirely self-study to courses that are built around tuition and webinars. There might be a combination of the above with some teaching done at a college while other study might be taken in the student’s own time. Most courses will require the students to have a certain amount of “hands on” practice and it a number of case studies will need to be submitted. Volunteers for case studies are often supplied by the college.