Variant of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0 for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

32209 - Other practitioners of natural healing

Practitioners of natural healing provide health care to patients using various forms of treatment including herbology, reflexology or relaxation techniques 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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • aromatherapist
    • ayurvedic practitioner
    • herbalist
    • holistic nutritionist
    • holistic practitioner
    • homeopath
    • hypnotherapist
    • naturotherapist
    • osteopathic manual practitioner
    • reflexologist
    • rolfer

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Dietitians and nutritionists (See 31121 Dietitians and nutritionists)
    • Doctor of osteopathic medicine (See 31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating)
    • Manual arts therapist (See 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment)
    • Massage therapists (See 32201 Massage therapists)
    • Midwife (See 31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals)
    • Naturopathic physician (See 31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating)
    • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists (See 32200 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists)
  • Main duties

    This group performs 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 practitioners

    • Assess, 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.


    • Assess clients' physical, mental and emotional health
    • Provide advice and feedback to support clients' wellbeing
    • Apply gentle pressure with thumb and fingers to stimulate specific reflex points or areas, usually on the clients' feet, hands, ears and/or face to relieve tension, improve circulation, and promote better health and well-being.

    Holistic nutritionists

    • Evaluate the overall health and wellness of clients and recommend nutritional and life style adjustments to address their health issues and to support health goals.


    • Assess and treat illness and injury through the use of holistic approaches such as herbal remedies, massage, as well as counselling in nutrition and exercise.
  • Employment requirements

    • 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.
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