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Holistic Medicine: Where to Find Local Natural Healers

By    |   Monday, 20 October 2014 05:32 PM

Holistic medicine, sometimes referred to as alternative medicine, has a history that can be tracked in some cultures back 5,000 years.

As people become aware of evidence-based research and hear anecdotal stories of the success of many natural treatments, they oftentimes seek out a natural healer to help them incorporate complementary and alternative medicines into their lives.

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The challenge with finding a local provider can lie in the fact that natural healers occur under many designations: homeopathic, naturopathic, holistic, reiki, acupuncture, and others.

Here is a list of nine options covering several of those designations that will help you find a natural healer in your area:

• Online search: Many natural healers maintain a website or a business listing online. Put in the words “natural healer” and your city, state, and country into the search box and you’ll probably pull up a list. But also search with other terms like CAM, for complementary and alternative medicine, and naturopath.

• The International Natural Healer Association maintains a list of its members and their locations.

Reiki.org maintains a database of Reiki practitioners in the United States. Reiki is a Japanese technique to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and help with healing.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine maintains a list of members certified by the organization.

American Holistic Medical Association provides a searchable database of its members.

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American Association of Naturopathic Physicians also has a database of its members.

National College of Natural Medicine maintains a list of alum from the school, which includes acupuncturists and naturopaths.

National Ayurveda Medical Association keeps a listing of practitioners who meet criteria established by the organization.

The National Center for Homepathy maintains a list of providers.

Take time to understand the credentialing and laws of your state regarding CAM practitioners. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine provides an informational page on its website about the topic.

Some questions to ask when considering a practitioner:

• How long have you been in practice?
• What type of training have you had? (Then check out the requirements of that training through the issuing association.)
• What percentage of your practice is alternative medicine?
• Do you have training in several natural healing practices? (Providers often overlap, offering acupuncture along with nutrition counseling, for instance.)

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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