National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

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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.

Professional organizations also may be useful places to find complementary health practitioners. The MedlinePlus Directories page from the National Library of Medicine lists organizations for some professions and provides links to directories of libraries and various types of health professionals, services, and facilities.

Talk to your health care provider

Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips on talking with your health care providers about complementary health, see NCCAM’s Time to Talk campaign.