Practitioners of natural healing (NOC 3232)

About this job

Practitioners of natural healing:

  • provide alternative forms of health care to promote, maintain and restore the holistic health of patients
  • use traditional Chinese medicine techniques and other forms of treatment including acupuncture, herbology or reflexology
  • usually work in private practice, including group or team practices
  • may be employed by clinics, health clubs and spas
Common job titles
  • acupuncturist / doctor of acupuncture
  • aromatherapist
  • auriculotherapist
  • osteopathic manual therapist
  • practitioner, ayurvedic
  • practitioner, medical Qi gong
  • acupuncturist / doctor of acupuncture
  • aromatherapist
  • auriculotherapist
  • herbalist, chartered / herb practitioner
  • holistic practitioner
  • homeopath / homeopathic practitioner

Duties

Acupuncturists:

  • diagnose diseases, physiological disorders and injuries
  • treat patients with acupuncture needles or through the use of heat, acupressure, electric current or rays of light

Traditional Chinese medical practitioners:

  • diagnose diseases, physiological disorders and injuries
  • treat patients using raw herbs and other medicines, dietary supplements or acupuncture

Acupuncturists:

  • diagnose symptoms, physiological disorders and injuries
  • treat patients by the insertion of acupuncture needles or through stimulation techniques such as acupressure, moxibustion, cupping or electrical current

Herbalists:

  • assess patients and guide them in the use of herbs for the treatment of conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, skin disorders and stomach ailments
  • may cultivate and sell herbal compounds

Homeopaths:

  • diagnose illnesses and treat them by giving, in a chemical or herbal form, a small dose of the illness itself or by suggesting lifestyle changes

Reflexologists:

  • apply gentle finger pressure to specific spots on clients' hands or feet to bring about relaxation and better health and well-being

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a health-care practice, clinic or spa setting.
  • Work may involve exposure to bacteria or viruses that could pose a health risk, although safety precautions are taken.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Chinese medical practitioners may practise as acupuncturists.

Additional resources