What is alternative medicine?

  • (noun): The practice of medicine without the use of drugs; may involve herbal medicines or self-awareness or biofeedback or acupuncture.

Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not based on evidence gathered with the scientific method. Alternative medicine is based on tradition, belief in supernatural energies, pseudoscience, errors in reasoning, propaganda, or fraud. Alternative therapies lack scientific validation, and their effectiveness is either unproved or disproved. They have also been defined more broadly as the treatments that are not part of the conventional healthcare system.

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... A study published in 1998 indicates that a majority of alternative medicine use was in conjunction with standard medical treatments ... Approximately 4.4 percent of those studied used alternative medicine as a replacement for conventional medicine ... The research found that those having used alternative medicine tended to have higher education or report poorer health status ...
Mind-body Exercise - History - 19th Century Onwards
... A variety of terms have been used, including heterodox, irregular, fringe and alternative medicine while others, particularly medical commentators, have been satisfied to label them as instances of ... The most persistent term has been alternative medicine but its use is problematic as it assumes a value-laden dichotomy between a medical fringe ... The use of the category of alternative medicine has also been criticized as it cannot be studied as an independent entity but must be understood in terms of a ...
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... Davidstrauss creationism, new age religion, alternative medicine, etc ... etc.) general interest in neuroscience, psychology, medicine, education, developmental biology, the paranormal, alternative medicine, faith healing, anything "new age", and all aspects of the creation-evolution debate ... Userpustelnik medicine, particularly endocrinology, anthropology papageno (talk) 0238, 23 January 2008 (UTC) Interested in reviewing articles related to health and radio ...
Alternative Medicine Degrees - Alternative Medicine
... Further information List of branches of alternative medicine Acupuncture - BSc, LAc, DAc, AP, DiplAc, MAc Ayurveda - BSc, MSc, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda) Chiropractic - DC, BChiro, MChiro Homeopathy - BSc, MSc,DHMs,BHMS,M.D(H ...

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