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NOC 3232 Practitioners of natural healing

Example Titles
acupressure therapist
ayurvedic practitioner
certified iridologist
certified reflexologist
certified rolfer
certified rolfing movement teacher
chartered herbalist
Chinese medicine doctor (CMD)
Chinese medicine practitioner
clinical hypnotherapist
doctor of acupuncture
doctor of Chinese medicine
doctor of homeopathic therapeutics
doctor of homeopathy
doctor of Oriental medicine
herb practitioner
herbal practitioner
herbal specialist
herbology practitioner
holistic practitioner
homeopathic physician
homeopathic practitioner
medical Qi gong practitioner
naturopathy practitioner
Oriental medical practitioner
osteopath – manual therapy
osteopathic manual practitioner
osteopathic manual therapist
registered acupuncture practitioner
remedial herbalist
remedial herbologist
rolfing movement teacher
shiatsu therapist
traditional Chinese medicine practitioner

Lead statement
Practitioners of natural healing provide health care to patients using traditional Chinese medicine techniques and other forms of treatment including acupuncture, herbology or reflexology to promote, maintain and restore the holistic health of patients. They usually work in private practice, including group or team practices, or are employed by clinics, health clubs and spas.

Main duties
The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners

Diagnose the diseases, physiological disorders and injuries of patients
Treat them using raw herbs and other medicines, dietary supplements or acupuncture.


Diagnose symptoms, physiological disorders and injuries of patients
Treat them by the insertion of acupuncture needles or through stimulation techniques such as acupressure, moxibustion, cupping or electrical current.


Assess patients and advise them on the use of herbs for the treatment of conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, skin disorders and stomach ailments
May cultivate herbs and manufacture and sell herbal compounds.

Osteopathic manual therapists

Diagnose, treat and manage musculoskeletal and other related disorders of the body’s structure by moving, stretching, and massaging a patients’ muscles and joints to correct biomechanical dysfunctions.


Assess illnesses and treat them by administering, in chemical or herbal form, a small dosage of a remedy made from natural substances or by suggesting lifestyle changes.


Apply gentle finger pressure to specific spots on the clients’ feet or hands to promote relaxation and better health and well-being.

Source: Canada website