NOC 3232 – Practitioners of natural healing

All Examples NOC 3232 – Practitioners of natural healing


  • acupressure therapist
  • acupuncture, doctor of
  • acupuncturist
  • aromatherapist
  • auriculotherapist
  • ayurvedic practitioner
  • certified iridologist
  • certified reflexologist
  • certified rolfer
  • certified rolfing movement teacher
  • chartered herbalist
  • Chinese medicine doctor (CMD)
  • Chinese medicine practitioner
  • clinical hypnotherapist
  • CMD (Chinese medicine doctor)
  • doctor of acupuncture
  • doctor of Chinese medicine
  • doctor of homeopathic therapeutics
  • doctor of homeopathy
  • doctor of Oriental medicine
  • herb practitioner
  • herbal practitioner
  • herbal specialist
  • herbalist
  • herbologist
  • herbology practitioner
  • herborist
  • holistic practitioner
  • homeopath
  • homeopathic physician
  • homeopathic practitioner
  • homeopathist
  • hypnotherapist
  • iridologist
  • medical Qi gong pactitioner
  • Oriental medical practitioner
  • osteopathic manual practitioner
  • physician, homeopathic
  • practitioner, Chinese medicine
  • practitioner, herb
  • practitioner, herbal
  • practitioner, herbology
  • practitioner, holistic
  • practitioner, homeopathic
  • reflexologist
  • registered acupuncture practitioner
  • remedial herbalist
  • remedial herbologist
  • rolfer
  • rolfing movement teacher
  • shaman
  • shiatsu therapist
  • teacher, rolfing movement
  • therapist, shiatsu
  • traditional Chinese medicine practitioner

Job Duties

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners perform some or all of the following duties:

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

Acupuncturists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Herbalists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Homeopaths perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assess illnesses and treat them by administering, in chemical or herbal form, a small dosage of the illness itself or by suggesting lifestyle changes.

Reflexologists perform some or all of the following duties:

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

Employment Requirements

  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners usually require completion of a three- to four-year diploma program in traditional Chinese medicine from a private institute or completion of a program in traditional Chinese medicine from recognized medical schools abroad.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in Ontario and British Columbia.
  • Acupuncturists usually require completion of a three-year diploma program in acupuncture from a private instituteor completion of some university undergraduate studies in science and training in a related health care discipline or work experience under the supervision of a registered acupuncturist.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for acupuncturists in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Osteopathic manual therapists require completion of a four- to five- year college program in osteopathy.
  • Homeopaths usually require completion of a three-year diploma program in homeopathy.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for homeopaths in Ontario.
  • Other occupations in this unit group usually require completion of training programs specific to their type of practice and some supervised practical training.

Additional Information

  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners may include acupuncture or herbology as part of their healing techniques.


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