The demand for natural healthcare is on the rise. According to the latest published survey from National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), 38.3% of adults in the US use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), increased from 36.0%. The non-vitamin, non-mineral natural products segment is taking the lead. The growth in demand in a few therapies, including deep breathing exercises, meditation, massage, and yoga, is also notable. (source: The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States). Acupuncture is going more mainstream as well. In 2007, 3.1 million people tried the therapy, an increase of 1 million since 2002. (source: webmd)
Why the increase? The ease of access to information online has certainly helped to demystify natural healthcare and spread the words of its benefits. In Pills We Trust? depicts the ills of our conventional healthcare system. Many now believe that alternative medicine and nature-based products will cause fewer side effects than conventional medicines. On the other hand, public demand helps to transform insurance policies which now cover some CAM care, making it more accessible for the general public.
This growth in demand translates into the need for more therapists. This is a great career options for many of us who believe in the natural healing power that exists within us, and would like to help other achieve the result. Our guests this week have devoted their lifetime to promote natural healthcare. Now they ran two famous schools with long history in the Seattle area, SOMA Institute and Wuhsing Tao School. Tune in to the dynamic conversations on natural health education. Explore education in structural integration, massage, and acupuncture which can open up career opportunities in natural health.
Listen to broadcast 08/06/13
Karen Bolesky, M.A., L.M.H.C., L.M.P., LAMP, CSP: Owner, SOMA Institute
Dr. Dirk Hein, PhD, MAc (UK), LAc, DiplAC (NCCAOM): Founder & Clinic Director, Wuhsing Tao School