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Heilpraktiker ("healing practitioner") is a naturopathic profession in Germany. It is recognized as an alternative and complementary health care profession by German law.[1] A heilpraktiker does not need to have any formal education or training but must have basic knowledge in medical sciences, such as anatomy, physiology and pathology.[2] Heilpraktiker often specialize in a complementary and alternative field of health care that could be anything from homeopathy, phytotherapy, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, to reflexology or acupuncture. A heilpraktiker is a person who is allowed to practice as a non-medical practitioner using any unconventional therapy. About 35.000 heilpraktiker are accredited in Germany.[3]


  1. ^ Gesetz über die berufsmäßige Ausübung der Heilkunde ohne Bestallung (Heilpraktikergesetz), 17.02.1939.
  2. ^ Erste Durchführungsverordnung zum Gesetz über die berufsmäßige Ausübung der Heilkunde ohne Bestallung (Heilpraktikergesetz), 18.02.1939.
  3. ^ https://www.destatis.de/DE/Publikationen/Thematisch/Gesundheit/Gesundheitspersonal/PersonalPDF_2120731.pdf Federal Statistical Office of Germany: Gesundheitspersonal 2011 nach Berufen (Fachserie 12 Reihe 7.3.1), p. 13.