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Additional information

body or mind




Boss or Team

Own Boss


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years




Becoming a Naturopath means that you’ll help treat illnesses and practice preventive medicine without the use of pharmaceutical drugs or surgery. Naturopaths treat their patients with a variety of other complementary therapies that include nutrition, herbalism and other natural remedies to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself.   Naturopaths use a wide range of treatments on their patients which can include: 

  • Homoeopathy
  • Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Iridology
  • Phytotherapy

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

You will need a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (BSc Complementary Medicine) degree offered by the University of the Western Cape or a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Complementary Medicine( BHSc CM) from the University of Johannesburg.

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

Entry requirements differ per institution but recommended/ generally required school subjects for National Senior Certificate include:

  • English (home or first additional language) 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematical Literacy and
  • Life Sciences 
  • Physical Sciences

Length of Study

3-5 Years

(Postgraduate and further studies available)


Once qualified, you can register to open your own practice with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA). You can also register with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) to obtain a practice number.

You will always need to treat your patients within your specific discipline and according to the guidelines, ethics and legalities outlined by the AHPCSA and the Department of Health.

Further Information

The Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa:

Department of Health:

Educational Institutions offering this qualification:

University of the Western Cape – School of Natural Medicine:

University of Johannesburg Department of Complementary Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences:

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