Definitions for alternative medicine
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
health care and treatment practices, including traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, folk medicine, and naturopathy, that minimize or eschew the use of surgery and drugs.
Category: Medicine, Holistic Medicine and Spiritualism
Origin of alternative medicine:
the practice of medicine without the use of drugs; may involve herbal medicines or self-awareness or biofeedback or acupuncture
any of various medical methods and practices used in place of, or as well as, conventional medicine
Alternative medicine is any of a wide range of health care practices, products and therapies, using methods of medical diagnosis and treatments which, at least up to the end of the twentieth century, were typically not included in the degree courses of established medical schools teaching medicine, including surgery, in the tradition of the Flexner Report or similar. Examples include homeopathy, Ayurveda, chiropractic and acupuncture. Complementary medicine is alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment in a belief, not proven by using scientific methods, that it "complements" the treatment. CAM is the abbreviation for Complementary and alternative medicine. Integrative medicine is the combination of the practices and methods of alternative medicine with evidence-based medicine. The term alternative medicine is used in information issued by public bodies in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Regulation and licensing of alternative medicine and health care providers varies from country to country, and state to state.
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