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Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Individuals interested in learning about non-conventional practices of medicine may want to study alternative and complementary medicine, which includes the fields of hypnotherapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care. Read on to explore the academic and career options available.

Inside Alternative and Complementary Medicine

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) describes alternative medicine as one in which professionals use non-conventional methods to treat patients. It describes complementary medicine as a blend of traditional techniques with alternative medicine. Some career choices for alternative and complementary medicine practitioners are acupuncture, hypnotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy and naturopathy. If you're interested in any of these occupations, take a look at the information and resources from Study.com provided below.

Education Information

Some alternative medicine fields may require a college degree. Both formal education programs as well as training programs are available in alternative medicine, including acupuncture and massage therapy. Coursework varies by field. Licensing requirements vary by state and occupation. Typically, individuals must pass a written examination and complete continuing education courses to renew their licenses.

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