Best cities for complementary, and alternative / integrative medicine including San Francisco and Denver.

Oyher cities include: Seattle, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; New York; San Diego and Los Angeles, California; Baltimore, Maryland; and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

For example:

Baltimore, Md.:

Maryland is another state that doesn’t seem like a prime candidate for being an alternative medicine hotspot, but you just might be surprised. There are numerous alternative health facilities in the city, ranging from acupuncturists to holistic healers. Additionally, head to the University of Maryland Medical Center to see CAM, from Reiki to acupuncture, being integrated into patient care. Johns Hopkins, one of the leading hospitals in the nation, also offers access to CAM and even boasts a Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which does research into all areas of non-traditional treatment.

 Remember that both non-licensed and licensed CAM practitioners offer services, and that licensure laws differ across states.  For example, naturopathic medicine and acupuncture are not licensed in every state.

Practitioners must be careful not to intrude on the practice of medicine, psychology, nutrition, and so on, where licensure for these professions is mandatory.

For more information about licensing laws and limitations with respect to CAM practitioners, consult an attorney familiar with legal rules governing complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine.