There are a wide variety of careers under the umbrella of natural health practitioners, naturopathic physicians, and acupuncturists are two examples. Naturopathic physicians perform many of the same tasks as regular physicians, such as taking medical histories, examining patients, and diagnosing injuries or illnesses. However, instead of prescribing medications for treatment, they may suggest natural remedies such as changing a patient’s diet or using natural herbs to treat the ailment.
Most natural health practitioners specialize in one area of natural health based on their studies. Areas of study may include holistic nutrition, disease origins, psychophysiology, biology, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, herbology, Chinese Medicine, Western sciences, and massage.