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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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    about 3 years ago


    I totally agree with Holistic Nursing concept., It is essential in the field of Health Care

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    about 3 years ago


    I am a holistic nurse, and have taken 2 Wellness Coaching programs. I also integrate essential oils other natural therapies in my work...

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    over 3 years ago


    Now that we have the concept explained I can't help from wondering where can we find holistic nurses. I never met one and just in case I am interested I'd like to know how we can find them. I like to think that I am open minded, I keep in touch with a chiropractor and things couldn't be better with my health, yet, I generally like to know what are my real options.

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    over 6 years ago


    Holistic nursing is a specialty field just as any other specialty. Although nursing should always address the conept of the whole person in a holistic way, Holistic certification attaches theory to that practice and recognizes the proficiency attained by the individual nurse in that field. It is the foundation for practice and research. It will strengthen the profession of nursing in general and its members will be the frontier for future nursing. You do not have to be a nurse to join
    You do not have to be a nurse to become certified in a CAM modality. Certification in H.N. , however, is important to help authenticate the specialty.

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    over 6 years ago


    I cant believe and do NOT agree with the required length of schooling for holistic nursing! i think they require too much! Its just "holistic" nursing which falls under the term alternative medicine?

  • Christine_max50


    over 6 years ago


    I didn't realize how complex this field of study is, as far as schooling that you must already have before hand. WOW

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