The alternative medicine sector is not fully regulated in most parts of the world. For almost all complementary therapies there are several organisations in each country which each allowing practitioners to register with them. There is a move, in the UK at least, to bring all of the therapies under one governing professional body making regulation easier.

Alternative medicine associations and professional bodies can offer general information on the therapy they specialise in, as well as a list of practitioners who are members of that body. For those interested in training to become a practitioner, the associations can also provide lists of affiliated training schools and career information.