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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 note

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 Labels

complementary therapist


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

Regulatory Aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database:

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