alternative medicine


Definition of alternative medicine

: any of various systems of healing or treating disease (such as chiropractic, homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula of the U.S. and Britain

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Recent Examples on the Web And many of the posts on alternative medicine that were shared with the parenting community ended up letting their comments devolve into arguments over various conspiracies. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2022 While breathing techniques of this nature have been developed over centuries, the technique known as 4-7-8 breathing specifically is credited to American doctor Andrew Weil, who had a particular focus on alternative medicine. Serena Coady, Glamour, 3 Jan. 2022 In South Asian culture, there's a preference for alternative medicine. Alexis Jones,, 15 Dec. 2021 As the number of people gravitating toward alternative medicine grows, the need for knowledge grows with it. Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2021 Gunter emphasises how many of those who opt for alternative medicine delay medical care. Mina Seçkin,, 17 Nov. 2021 But individual women do, and so do many individual providers of both Western and alternative medicine. Elizabeth Nicholas, Vogue, 5 Nov. 2021 Some of Ryan’s big-name donors include billionaire Laurene Powell Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra, and former television host and Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer, who each gave Ryan $5,800. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2021 Mercola’s multimillion dollar alternative medicine business had humble beginnings in the Chicago area. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of alternative medicine

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Alternative medicine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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Medical Definition of alternative medicine

: 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 United States and Britain

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