alternative medicine

alternative medicine
Practices used instead of standard treatments. They generally are not recognized by the medical community as standard or conventional medical approaches. Alternative medicine includes dietary supplements, megadose vitamins, herbal preparations, special teas, acupuncture, massage therapy, magnet therapy, spiritual healing, and meditation.

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  • alternative medicine — n any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, Ayurveda, or faith healing) that are not included in the traditional curricula taught in medical schools of the U.S. and Britain * * * see… …   Medical dictionary

  • Alternative Medicine, National Center for Complementary & (NCCAM) — A part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this center conducts and supports basic and applied research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public. NCCAM identifies… …   Medical dictionary

  • Alternative medicine — Alternative medical systems …   Wikipedia

  • alternative medicine — ► NOUN ▪ therapy regarded as unorthodox by the medical profession, e.g. herbalism …   English terms dictionary

  • alternative medicine — health care and treatment practices, including traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, folk medicine, and naturopathy, that minimize or eschew the use of surgery and drugs. * * * or complementary medicine Any of a broad range of healing… …   Universalium

  • alternative medicine — noun the practice of medicine without the use of drugs; may involve herbal medicines or self awareness or biofeedback or acupuncture • Hypernyms: ↑medicine, ↑practice of medicine • Hyponyms: ↑herbal medicine * * * alˌternative ˈmedicine 7… …   Useful english dictionary

  • alternative medicine — /ɔlˌtɜnətɪv ˈmɛdəsən/ (say awl.ternuhtiv meduhsuhn) noun 1. the range of practices and treatments, often based on traditional remedies, which fall outside the scope of mainstream medicine. 2. a practice or treatment which is considered to be part …  

  • alternative medicine — noun (U) one of the ways of treating illnesses that is not based on Western scientific methods: Homeopathy is a popular form of alternative medicine …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) — A part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this center conducts and supports basic and applied research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public. NCCAM identifies… …   Medical dictionary

  • NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) — A part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this center conducts and supports basic and applied research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public. NCCAM identifies… …   Medical dictionary

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