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In recent years, overall wellness has been seen as more valuable than material objects. This is a trend that’s apparent across all age groups, but the mindset is especially prevalent in millennials. For many younger people, wellness is a daily pursuit that they’re willing to spend money on. In simple terms, wellness is the “new black.”

It’s even predicted that careers in holistic health are on the rise. Within the past few years, there has been mounting evidence validating the value of holistic approaches as ways to complement (or sometimes replace) traditional treatment. Acupuncture, massage, naturopathy, supplements and mind-body therapies are just a few examples of alternative medical treatments.

Despite this, there is skepticism that holistic medicine will ever have the same funding as major pharmaceutical companies will.

I believe there is always value in advice from a doctor and some conditions can only be treated through traditional medical procedures and medications. However, there’s no saying that you can’t use meditation or prayer as a way to help manage pain. Or that you shouldn’t exercise and eat healthily to prevent chronic disease.

Holistic practices can absolutely be used in conjunction with conventional medicine that’s prescribed by a doctor. Because of demand from patients, integrative healthcare is on the rise in the United States. It’s all about finding a balance that works for you.