healthcare and treatment practices, including traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, folk medicine, and naturopathy, that minimize or eschew the use of surgery and drugs.
Even Deepak Chopra, the alternative medicine and spiritual guru, preaches a dietless diet.
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Unfortunately, a lot of alternative medicine is indeed deeply unscientific, and deserves to be treated with skepticism.
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“Some alternative medicine practitioners have made claims that are simply ridiculous,” he offered.
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another name for complementary medicine See also holism (sense 2)
A variety of therapeutic or preventive health-care practices that are not typically taught or practiced in traditional medical communities and offer treatments that differ from standard medical practice. Homeopathy, herbal medicine, and acupuncture are types of alternative medicine.
Medical practice or therapy that uses methods that have not been associated with the traditional, standard care most generally taught and executed by AMA-certified medical schools.
Note: Alternative medicine includes practices such as acupuncture, naturopathy, and chiropractic, as well as such therapies as chelation therapy, homeopathic remedies, and biofeedback. There has been an explosion of interest in alternative medicine in recent years.
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a question that offers the listener a choice of two or more alternatives and is characterized by rising intonation on each alternative except for the final one, which has falling intonation, as Would you like coffee, tea, or soda?
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a society or social group that espouses values different from those of the established social order.
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