Specialisten op het gebied van de traditionele en de alternatieve geneeskunde


ISCO 08 Code 2230      Traditional and complementary medicine professionals       

Lead Statement

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

Task statement

  • conducting physical examinations of patients and interviewing them and their families  to determine their health status;
  • developing and implementing treatment plans using applications such as acupuncture, ayurvedic, homoeopathic and herbal medicine;
  • evaluating and documenting patients' progress through treatment plans;
  • providing health, nutrition and lifestyle advice;
  • prescribing natural medicines, such as herbal, mineral and animal extracts, to stimulate the body's capacity for self-healing;
  • exchanging  information about patients with other health care workers as needed to ensure continuing and comprehensive health care;
  • conducting research into traditional and complementary medicines and treatments and disseminating findings such as through scientific papers and reports.

Included occupations

  • Acupuncturist
  • Ayurvedic practitioner
  • Chinese herbal medicine practitioner
  • Homeopath
  • Naturopath

Excluded occupations

  • Herbalist, - 3230
  • Witch doctor, - 3230
  • Village healer, - 3230
  • Scraping and cupping therapist. - 3230
  • Acupressure therapist - 3255
  • Shiatsu therapist - 3255
  • Hydrotherapist - 3255
  • Chiropractor - 3259
  • Osteopath - 3259
  • Faith healer – 5169


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, are classified in Unit group 2230, Traditional and complementary medicine professionals. 

Those whose practice requires a less extensive understanding based on relatively short periods of formal or informal education and training, or on knowledge passed on informally from generation to generation are included in Unit group 3230, Traditional and complementary medicine associate professionals. 

Practitioners working in the singular application of approaches to herbal medicines, spiritual therapies or manual therapeutic techniques are excluded from Unit group 2230.


ISCO 88 Code(s) 3241, 3229 part

(NCvB; maart 2010)