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What are some tips for finding an alternative medicine doctor?

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To find an alternative medicine practitioner in your area, request referrals from nearby medical facilities, your primary health provider or your heath insurance provider. In states where alternative medicine doctors must be licensed, contact the state health department for credentialed providers.

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Nearby hospitals and medical schools are typically familiar with participating alternative medicine doctors. Visit one of these health care facilities and request a list of these doctors. To investigate whether a potential alternative medicine practitioner is recognized by your health insurance provider, request some names from your insurance service or family doctor. Many states' health department websites provide listings of licensed alternative medicine practitioners.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website, CDC.gov, offers a map that links patients to state health departments. To search your state health department's website for alternative medicine doctors, select your state inside the map.

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