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 Colloidal silver is a very interesting liquid solution that is often ignored by modern medical professionals, though it is well known in alternative medicine circles. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "15 Everyday Survival Supplies You Should Buy Online," 27 Nov. 2019 That aligned with growing interest in alternative medicine and increasing skepticism about the government's role in parental decision-making. Anchorage Daily News, "Major funder of anti-vaccine movement makes millions selling ‘natural’ health products," 23 Dec. 2019 Homeopathy, on the other hand, is a system of alternative medicine based on the belief that the body can cure itself. Sherri Leimkuhler,, "Leimkuhler: Decoding difference between holistic and homeopathic," 8 Dec. 2019 That aligned with growing interest in alternative medicine and increasing skepticism about the government’s role in parental decision-making. Washington Post, "A major funder of the anti-vaccine movement has made millions selling natural health products," 20 Dec. 2019 A quarter century later, his books have sold millions of copies, and his television appearances—especially alongside Oprah Winfrey—have made him perhaps the most prominent advocate for alternative medicine recognizable around the world. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Deepak Chopra Has Never Been Sick," 17 Oct. 2019 Taylor wishes the medical board was open to alternative medicine. Laura Hancock,, "Board rejects Ohio medical marijuana for autism and anxiety, sides with traditional medicine," 11 Sep. 2019 What’s more, a number of alternative medicine sites even offer products like specialty vitamins or health programs marketed for individuals with MTHFR variants, with some treatments costing thousands of dollars. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "Why You Don't Actually Need to Test for MTHFR Gene Variants," 18 Mar. 2019 That same year, a Pew Research Center survey reported that roughly half of Americans had dabbled in alternative medicine. Sanam Yar, New York Times, "Now Therapists Have to Figure Out Astrology, Tarot and Psychedelics," 28 Aug. 2019

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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 Feb. 2020.

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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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