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

Examples of alternative medicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or San Francisco could become a destination for conventional and alternative medicine by transforming the Embarcadero Center into a hub for the healing arts. Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2022 The stone most benefits the crown chakra which alternative medicine says dictates awareness, wisdom, and vision. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 5 July 2022 Newton-John, who was first diagnosed in 1992, focused on building a life outside the disease and embracing a mindset that prioritized family, enlightenment and the promise of alternative medicine. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2022 According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, most people with M.S. in the United States incorporate at least one form of complementary or alternative medicine into their M.S. treatment regimen. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 22 July 2022 The global complementary and alternative medicine market was valued at $82.27 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $404.66 billion by 2028. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Remedy Place is the world’s first social wellness club that offers alternative medicine treatments from doctors, ancient practices, and treatments using the latest technology. Emma Reynolds, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Despite the risk and lack of evidence, the lure of alternative medicine persists. Elizabeth Millard, Time, 27 Apr. 2022 People with cancer might use complementary therapies alongside standard medical care—or, in the case of alternative medicine, instead of it. Elizabeth Millard, Time, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 7 Oct. 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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