Naturopath Kaihaumanu Hauora Aro Tini

Naturopaths help restore balance to the body and mind through special diets, herbal remedies, spiritual healing, massage or essential oils.

Naturopaths with a Diploma in Naturopathy (Level 6) or a higher qualification can register with the NZ Society of Naturopaths.

Naturopaths may do some or all of the following:

  • examine, question and observe patients to work out their health problems
  • advise and treat patients
  • prepare or buy herbal medicines, vitamins or minerals, including homeopathic remedies, for patients
  • study and research the effect natural medicine has on the body and people's health
  • educate the public about natural health methods
  • work as sales representatives or consultants for natural health medicine companies or distributors.

Chinese medicine 

To become a Chinese medicine naturopath it is recommended you have a:

  • Diploma of Chinese Herbal Medicine/Diploma of Tuina (Level 7) or
  • Bachelor of Health Science – Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (Level 7). 

Rongoā/Māori medicine

To become a Rongoā/Māori medicine naturopath it is recommended you have a: 

  • Heke Rongoā/Diploma of Māori Holistic Wellbeing (Level 5) or
  • Graduate Diploma in Māori Medicine (Level 7).

Nutrition

To become a naturopath specialising in nutrition it is recommended you have a:

  • Diploma in Naturopathy and Nutritional Science (Level 6) or 
  • Bachelor of Natural Medicine/Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine (Level 7).

Physical Requirements

Naturopaths need to be reasonably fit and healthy. Naturopaths who do massage need to have strong arms.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for naturopaths includes work in health areas such as:

  • nursing
  • counselling
  • alternative therapies.

Business management and administrative experience is also useful for those running their own business.

Personal Qualities

Naturopaths need to:

  • be good written and verbal communicators
  • be well organised
  • be aware and understanding of a range of cultures and backgrounds
  • have good listening skills to help them accurately assess and diagnose patients' health problems.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for naturopaths includes work in health areas such as:

  • nursing
  • counselling
  • alternative therapies.

Business management and administrative experience is also useful for those running their own business.

Naturopaths can earn around $39K-$50K per year per year.

Naturopaths can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Chinese medicine naturopath
Chinese medicine naturopaths provide healing through traditional Chinese medicine and physical remedies such as cupping and acupuncture.
Rongoā/Māori medicine naturopath
Rongoā/Māori medicine naturopaths provide healing through Māori herbal medicine, spiritual remedies such as tapu-lifting and physical remedies such as blood-letting. 
Nutrition
Naturopaths specialising in nutrition provide clients with nutritional advice on eating and natural supplements as well as exercise.
Naturopath

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