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Definition of the noun alternative medicine

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  1. the practice of medicine without the use of drugs; may involve herbal medicines or self-awareness or biofeedback or acupuncture
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: medicine / practice of medicine = the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries
    • more specific term: herbal medicine = the use of medicinal herbs to prevent or treat disease or promote health

Alternative definition of the noun alternative medicine


  1. any of various medical methods and practices used in place of, or as well as, conventional medicine


"Alternative Medicine" is a film, directed by Michael Hababou & Marianna Kheyfets.


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"Alternative Medicine" is a musical album of The Cure.

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  1. Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not based on evidence gathered using the scientific method. It consists of a wide range of health care practices, products and therapies. Examples include new and traditional medicine practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine, various forms of acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Christian faith healing. The treatments are those that are not part of the conventional, science-based healthcare system.
    • also known as 替代医学
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Google previewThe Penguin Dictionary of Alternative Medicine (2008)

by T V Sairam

Alternative medicine is the core of the healthcare system of 80 per cent of the world's population and is one of thefastestgrowingsectors of healthcare. Herbs and supplements are not largely regulated by consumerprotection agencies, but ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Health (2008)

by Yawei Zhang

Alternative medicine uses therapeutic approaches not considered part of traditional medicine, including physical treatments and spiritual and mental approaches to healing. Alternative medicine is distinct from complementary medicine, which ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE: (alternative healing, alternative healing therapies, alternative health, alternative medicine, alternative therapeutics, alternative therapies, complementary health care, complementary medicine, extended ...

Google previewBailliere's Midwives' Dictionary (2012)

by Denise Tiran

alternative medicine See complementary medicine. alveoli hollowed-out structures, e.g. air sacs in lungs, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Black Death (2012)

by Joseph Patrick Byrne

Paracelsians—chemical physicians— provided an alternative medicine to the university-trained physicians' and threatened the medical profession. Paracelsians believed that “like cured like” (poison fights poison), rather than Galen's “fight an ...

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