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Biologically Based Practices

Biologically based practices in CAM use substances found in nature, such as herbs, foods, and vitamins. Some examples include dietary supplements, herbal products, and the use of other so-called natural but as yet scientifically unproven therapies (for example, using shark cartilage to treat cancer).

Manipulative and Body-Based Practices

Manipulative and body-based practices in CAM are based on manipulation. Manipulation may be performed as a part of other therapies or whole medical systems, including chiropractic medicine, massage, and naturopathy and/or movement of one or more parts of the body. Some examples include chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, and massage.

Energy Medicine

Energy therapies involve the use of energy fields. They are of two types:

Biofield therapies are intended to affect energy fields that purportedly surround and penetrate the human body. The existence of such fields has not yet been scientifically proven. Some forms of energy therapy manipulate biofields by applying pressure and/or manipulating the body by placing the hands in, or through, these fields. Examples include qi gong, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch.

Bioelectromagnetic-based therapies involve the unconventional use of electromagnetic fields, such as pulsed fields, magnetic fields, or alternating-current or direct-current fields.

What training is required to become a holistic nurse?

Presently the only certification for for holistic nurses is available through the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC). The holistic nursing certification process involves completion of an application, a written component, and the examination. Applicant must also meet the following requirements

1 An unrestricted U.S. RN license
2. A Baccalaureate degree in any field (does not have to be in nursing) for the basic HN-BC examination and a masters degree in nursing for the advanced AHN-BC examination
3. One year full-time practice in holistic nursing or 2000 hours in the last 5 years
4. 48 contact hours in holistic nursing theory, practice, research or ethics within the last 2 years

To learn more about becoming a holistic nurse, visit the American Holistic Nursing Association’s website

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