Holistic Physicians

Holistic Doctor Performs Acupuncture

Holistic physicians are licensed medical doctors (doctors of medicine, or M.D.'s, or doctors of osteopathy, D.O.'s) who embrace the philosophy of treating the patient as a whole person. Their goal is to help the individual achieve maximum well-being in mind, body, and spirit. Holistic medicine emphasizes a cooperative relationship between physician and patient and focuses on educating patients in taking responsibility for their lives and their health. Holistic physicians use many approaches to diagnosis and treatment, including alternative approaches, such as acupuncture, meditation, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle changes. They also prescribe drugs and surgery when a less invasive treatment cannot be found. Holistic physicians are part of the rapidly growing field of complementary and alternative health care practitioners. Most work in private practice or in alternative health clinics. They are also known as integrative medicine physicians.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Integrative Medicine Physicians
Duties Diagnose and treat patients; perform diagnostic tests; record patient histories; and establish doctor-patient relationship, all with an emphasis on holistic healing and treatment
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency and internship
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director of Holistic Medicine, Hospital, or School
  • Professor/Consultant, Holistic Medicine
  • Supervisor of Holistic Physicians
  • Holistic Physician
  • Resident Physician