Diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals. May use physiological, psychological or mechanical methods. May also use natural medicines, prescription or legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Interviews patients to document symptoms and health histories.
- Documents patients' histories, including identifying data, chief complaints, illnesses, previous medical or family histories, or psychosocial characteristics.
- Administers, dispenses, or prescribes natural medicines such as food or botanical extracts, herbs, dietary supplements, vitamins, nutraceuticals, and amino acids.
- Advises patients about therapeutic exercise and nutritional medicine regimens.
- Conducts physical examinations and physiological function tests for diagnostic purposes.
- Diagnoses health conditions based on patients' symptoms and health histories, laboratory and diagnostic radiology test results, or other physiological measurements, such as electrocardiograms and electroencephalographs.
- Educates patients about health care management.
- Maintains professional development through activities such as post-graduate education, continuing education, preceptorships, and residency programs.
- Administers treatments or therapies, such as homeopathy, hydrotherapy, Oriental or Ayurvedic medicine, electrotherapy and diathermy, using physical agents including air, heat, cold, water, sound, or ultraviolet light to catalyze the body to heal itself.
- Consults with other health professionals to provide optimal patient care, referring patients to traditional health care professionals as necessary.
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