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Medical professionals adjust their careers to fit natural trends

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Natural health and medical careers

How are professionals in the health industry responding to the latest trends?


The growing trend of natural therapies and remedies is forcing medical professionals to adjust their careers. The way they treat patients, and the recommendations they make on a daily basis are changing. Complementary and alternative medicine is becoming more prominent, so it is important for you to be aware of these changes before your next doctor’s appointment.

Changes in education

The growth of complementary and alternative medicine, also known as CAM, means that the transformation of the health industry has to start with education. For example, the USC EMHA degree includes a focus on new technology, active leadership and listening skills while the USC MPH degree has a focus on the development of healthcare. Medical professionals and the administrative staff are learning to listen to patients and respond with multiple options that include traditional and alternative treatments.

Mind-body connections

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At the heart of these changes is the desire to practice mind-body medicine that addresses all of the factors that can cause illness. More doctors are starting to practice integrative medicine that allows them to combine current medical treatments such as drugs and surgery with holistic options. This means that you may receive a prescription, but your doctor may also recommend yoga, herbal medicine and diet changes.

There is a growing understanding of the importance that both the mind and body have while you are dealing with a disease. This is why homeopathy and naturopathy are becoming more common as patients demand natural alternatives. They want to use systems that treat the whole body and provide long-term results. This can include medication, vitamins, meditation, relaxation and other procedures that are combined together. For example, studies show that meditation can reduce stress and improve overall health.

Technology adaptations

Despite the growth of ancient healing practices and natural remedies, technology is not being neglected. Instead, it is actually helping medical professionals address the mind-body connection better, so complementary and alternative medicine becomes stronger. Technology gives patients and doctors more options, and it provides a simple way to monitor or collect data.

For example, there is a growing trend to treat diabetes holistically instead of simply focusing on blood sugar levels and medications. Although technology such as blood sugar meters is still recommended, it is being used in conjunction with other natural treatments to help diabetes patients. Doctors are focusing on a personalized approach that allows them to make specific lifestyle and diet changes. Instead of asking patients to run or walk for two hours a week, they are encouraging them to try yoga and qi gong. Instead of giving patients vague messages about reducing stress, they are working with them to figure out strategies to eliminate the stress triggers permanently.

Patients are demanding more alternative and natural treatments that have a holistic focus, so medical professionals are responding. From their education to the technology they use, doctors, nurses and others are changing their careers. More medical professionals are seeing the benefits of a whole-body approach to healing, and they are making the necessary adjustments.