Alternative medicine is a catch-all phrase for entire systems of health care professions that treat the body and mind with practices not commonly practiced in traditional Western medicine. Alternative medicine schools may teach the theory and practice of mind-body medicine, manipulative treatment, biological and nutritional therapies, and energy diagnosis and treatment. Some of the specific practices may include:
The length of an alternative medicine training program may varie by the educational requirements for entry into the profession. For example, massage therapy programs may last from a few months to two years, pursuing to a certificate or an associate's degree. Naturopathic training, on the other hand, may last from two to five years, culminating in a bachelor's or master's degree.
Master's of science degree programs in Chinese medicine and acupuncture may take up to three years to complete in order to successfully to prepare for licensure. Chiropractic school typically may take four years to complete after students have pursued a bachelor's degree.
Salaries vary by the kind of alternative medicine, the educational attainment of the practitioner, and the location of the practice.
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