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

Examples of alternative medicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Melatonin, a hormone produced by the human brain in response to darkness, helps with sleep patterns and the body’s 24-hour internal clock, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a federal agency that oversees research on alternative medicine. Muri Assunção, New York Daily News, 17 May 2024 Apple cider vinegar could be an acceptable complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to improve the quality of life for patients with varicose veins.3 Antifungal Properties Scientific research supporting claims that apple cider vinegar contains antifungal properties remains lacking. Elizabeth Barnes, Verywell Health, 24 May 2024 As psychedelics show promise as treatments for depression, trauma and addiction, they are increasingly being offered at retreats that blend spirituality with alternative medicine by people who assert that their dispensing of such compounds is protected under religious freedom laws. Ernesto Londoño Meridith Kohut, New York Times, 12 May 2024 Her commitment to alternative medicines could be likened to a religion — as both a core belief and part of her identity. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Some parents say their children are given other alternative medicines to help with their asthma that don't work as effectively. USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2024 Jeanne was visibly upset, and went so far as to call the alternative medicine doctor in front of Roy to take the man to task for his actions. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 Crow’s report points to other recent research that estimates the complementary and alternative medicine market in the U.S. could be worth $411.4 billion by 2030. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2024 Kress, who previously worked in the medical field, joined the dispensary 2 1/2 years ago because of his interest in alternative medicine. Brad Branan, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alternative medicine was in 1972

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“Alternative medicine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

alternative medicine

: any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as herbal medicine) involving approaches not customarily taught or practiced in the U.S.

Medical Definition

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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