alternative medicine

Definition / meaning of alternative medicine

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

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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