Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

33. What should I keep in mind when selecting a complementary health practitioner?

If you’re looking for a complementary health practitioner to help treat a medical problem, it’s important to be as careful and thorough in your search as you are when looking for conventional medical care. You may be able to get names of practitioners in your area from your doctor or other health care provider, a nearby hospital or medical school, a professional organization for the type of practitioner you want to see, state regulatory agencies or licensing boards, or your health insurance provider.

Find out about the practitioner’s education, training, licensing, and certifications. Also, find out whether the practitioner is willing to work together with your conventional health care providers. Explain all of your health conditions to the practitioner, and find out about the practitioner’s training and experience in working with people who have your medical issues.