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How To Find a Complementary Health Practitioner

NCCAM is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. As a research institution, NCCAM does not provide referrals or care for the general public. The resources below, however, may help you find a complementary health practitioner.

Does NCCAM provide complementary health care or treatments?

No, NCCAM does not provide care or financial assistance for care. We are a research institution. Learn more about NCCAM.

How can I get a referral to a complementary health practitioner?

NCCAM does not provide referrals to private practitioners. For a list of practitioners in your area, contact your doctor or a local hospital.

Another good source of referrals are professional organizations for complementary health therapists.

Talk to your health care provider

Do not use a complementary health therapy as a replacement for proven conventional care or as a reason to postpone seeing a physician about a medical problem. For tips on talking with your health care providers about complementary health, see NCCAM's Time to Talk campaign.