Holistic Physicians

Holistic physicians are licensed medical doctors 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.

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

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