Natural therapists specialise in a range of complementary and alternative medical techniques and remedies (including homeopathy, herbalism and aromatherapy), which they use to diagnose, treat and prevent physical illness or dysfunction.
To become a natural therapist you usually have to complete a VET qualification in the natural therapy field in which you wish to practise. You may be required to attend an interview. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. To become a natural therapist you usually have to complete a VET qualification in the natural therapy field in which you wish to practise. You may be required to attend an interview. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
Natural therapists may perform the following tasks:
Natural therapists usually work in private practice, and success depends largely on the local communityâ€™s willingness to receive complementary and alternative medical treatments. Other career options include employment in group practices, research, consultancy, government agencies or in industries such as health food and natural products.
An aromatherapist blends therapeutic plant oils, including essential oils, and uses methods such as topical application, massage and inhalation to promote psychological and physical wellbeing.
A herbalist prescribes and prepares natural remedies specific to their clients' health profiles, using plants and plant parts. These remedies can take the form of tablets, capsules, teas, tinctures, extracts, essential oils (aromatherapy) and other herbal preparations.
A homeopath prescribes medicines and therapeutic measures to assist the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. A homeopath takes into account the individual's whole physical and emotional environment as well as the specific symptoms of illness.
A kinesiologist uses non-invasive muscle monitoring to evaluate imbalances in the body's nervous system and energy systems and employs muscle-testing techniques to restore and promote overall health and wellbeing.
A naturopath provides holistic remedies for physical ailments by assessing the client's lifestyle, including mental, emotional, nutritional and physical habits. They prescribe necessary changes (as well as herbal and natural medicines) to encourage the maintenance of a lifestyle that supports health and wellbeing.