A broad category of treatment systems (e.g.,
chiropractic, herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, and
spiritual devotions) or culturally based healing traditions such as Chinese,
Ayurvedic, and Christian Science. Alternative medicines share the common
characteristic of nonacceptance by the biomedical (i.e., mainstream Western)
establishment. Alternative medicine is also referred to as "complementary
medicine" (see). The designation "alternative medicine" is
not equivalent to holistic medicine (see), a narrower term.
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