Many individuals in the United States continue to seek out complementary and alternative approaches to health. In this exploratory project, I examined the use of complementary and alternative approaches to health from the perspective of several practitioners in Tampa, Florida. I conducted interviews with alternative health practitioners in order to elucidate several of these practices, the main health issues of their clients, and their approaches to treating these issues. Among the alternative health practitioners surveyed included self-identified shamans, mambos, and babalawos. Several of the biggest health concerns sought out by their clients included chronic health issues and mental health disorders. Additionally, several of these alternative health practices could be considered as a preventative form of health care. Finally, I offer several future directions for research on this topic as well as some practical applications for applied anthropology.

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