J Altern Complement Med. 1997 Winter; 3(4): 337-42.
Alternative medicine in Vermont--a census of practitioners: prevalence, patterns of use, and national projections.
Vermont Alternative Medicine, Middlebury, USA.
The number of alternative/holistic practitioners in Vermont was estimated by two methods: scanning advertisements (yellow pages, newspaper and magazine ads, brochures), and by word-of-mouth canvassing. We located 897 Vermonters who derive most of their annual income practicing at least 1 of 97 different types of alternative medicine and therapy. Most practitioners were female and most practiced more than one type of healing. Bodyworkers were the most prevalent practitioners, followed by chiropractors, acupuncturists, herbalists, and holistic psychotherapists. On a per-capita basis, there is 1 alternative practitioner per 652 Vermonters (or 153 practitioners per 100,000 population). This census nearly equals that of Vermont's M.D. population. Extrapolating this Vermont census to a nationwide estimate of alternative practitioners suggests there are over 403,000 full-time alternative/holistic healers practicing in the United States.