2231-Traditional and Complementary Medicine Professionals

Job Title: 

Traditional and Complementary Medicine Professionals

Job Description: 

Traditional and complementary medicine professionals prevent, diagnose and treat illness, disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments and maintain general health in humans by applying knowledge, skills and practices acquired through extensive study of the theories, beliefs and experiences, originating in specific cultures.


Conducting research into traditional and complementary medicines and treatments and disseminating findings such as through scientific papers and reports

Linked Education ( CESM Codes ) : 

920 - Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems

Specific Occupations: 

223101 - Acupuncturist
Description : Treats disorders and illnesses by stimulating the body's defence mechanisms through inserting fine needle into the skin.
Green Occupation : No
Green Skill : NoTrade : No

223102 - Ayurvedic Practitioner
Description : Provides a whole-body approach to health serves to promote spiritual, physical and mental well-being.
Green Occupation : No
Green Skill : NoTrade : No

223103 - Homoeopath
Description : Treats the immune and defence system by assessing the whole person and using minute amounts of natural remedies made from substances such as plants, minerals and animal sources.
Green Occupation : No
Green Skill : NoTrade : No

223104 - Naturopath
Description : Treats internal health problems, metabolic disorders and imbalances through treatment of the whole person using natural therapies.
Green Occupation : No
Green Skill : NoTrade : No
Specializations : Natural Health Practitioner, Natural Health Therapist, Natural Therapist

223105 - Traditional African Medicine Practitioner
Description : Diagnoses, assesses and treats patients in accordance with South African Traditional Medicines.
Green Occupation : No
Green Skill : NoTrade : No

223106 - Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Description : Treats imbalances of energy flows through the body by assessing the whole person and using techniques and methods such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, diet, exercise and breathing therapy.
Green Occupation : No
Green Skill : NoTrade : No
Specializations : Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner, Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Herbalist (Chinese), Oriental Medicine Practitioner, Sangoma, Traditional African Health Practitioner, Unani Practitioner

Additional Notes: 

NOTE: This Unit group includes occupations in traditional and complementary medicine whose practice requires an extensive understanding of the benefits and applications of traditional and complementary therapies, developed as the result of extended formal study of these techniques as well as human anatomy and elements of modern medicine as well as those whose practice requires a less extensive understanding based on relatively short periods of formal or informal education and training, or informally through the traditions and practices of the communities where they originated. Practitioners working in the singular application of approaches to herbal medicines, spiritual therapies or manual therapeutic techniques are excluded from this Unit group.

Source Of Info: 

Source : Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) 2013, Department of Higher Education and Training, Republic of South Africa