complementary therapist


Complementary therapists use a range of complementary and alternative therapies to work simultaneously with the clients` body, mind, and spirit in a holistic approach. They offer practices and services for holistic wellbeing, health maintenance, health education, health promotion and prevention of illness, along with the sustainable treatment of certain illnesses, especially chronic illnesses. Their practices include but are not limited to acupuncture, aromatherapy, banotherapy, homeopathy, and herbal medicine.

Scope notes

Includes people performing Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, Aromatherapy, Art therapy, Autogenic training, Ayurveda, Bach Flower Remedies, Balneotherapy, Bioresonance, Bowen therapy Buyteko, Chi Gung, Craniosacral therapy, Cupping, Feldenkreis, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Iridology, Kinesiology, Macrobiotics, Massage, Music Therapy, Naturopathy, Nerro linguistic programming, Osteopathy, Phythotherapy, Pliates, Plarity therapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Rolfing, Sports massage, Shiatsu, T'ai Chi, Tibetan Medicine, TCM, Yoga. Includes doctors of medicine or other healthcare professionals (e.g. physiotherapist) who perform complementary therapy.

Alternative label

  • naturopath

  • complementary therapy practitioner

  • complementary medicine practitioner

  • traditional practitioner of natural health

  • naturopathic practitioner

  • traditional therapist

  • alternative therapist

  • alternative medicine therapist

  • alternative medicine practitioner

  • complementary practitioner

  • sustainable health practitioner

  • holistic therapist

  • natural medicine therapist

  • practitioner in complementary medicine

  • natural health practitioner

  • ayurveda practitioner

  • therapist in complementary medicine

  • practitioner in complementary therapy

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