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alternative medicine

a heterogeneous set of practices 'that are offered as an alternative to conventional medicine, for the preservation of health and the diagnosis and treatment of health-related problems; its practitioners are often called healers'; alternative health care practices constitute a vast array of treatments and ideologies, which may be well-known, exotic, mysterious, or even dangerous, and are based on no common or consistent philosophy; the practitioners range from being sincere, well-educated, and committed to their form of healing, to charlatans, deprecatingly known as 'quacks'. See Fringe medicine, Holistic medicine, Integrative medicine, Office of Alternative Medicine. Cf Unproven methods for cancer management.
Alternaive therapies, types of
Alternative (formal) systems
Acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine, Chinese herbal medicine, homeopathy, osteopathy
Body awareness
Exercise and movement therapies, eg dance therapy, martial arts, yoga
Manipulative therapies
Chiropractic, Hellerwork, Rolfing®
Mental therapies
Humanistic psychology, hypnosis
Natural remedies
Diet, eg macrobiotics, naturopathy
Sensory therapies
Art, color, and music therapy
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natural remedies

Substances of claimed medical value derived directly from plants or other natural sources. The view that natural remedies are in some way superior to those developed scientifically is mistaken. Many useful drugs in the pharmacopoeia are derived from natural sources but these have been purified and assayed so that accurate and safe dosage becomes possible. Most readily available and useful natural remedies have been exploited in this way and the search for other useful natural drugs continues. Some natural remedies have been found to be dangerous. Many of those on sale are of little value.
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I believe we are reaching a tipping point at which parents realize their important role in wellness and prevention, and the value of natural remedies and good health practices for their children," says Dr.
Sainsbury's believes the Prince's interest in alternative medicine has encouraged customers to try natural remedies.
The team, part of charity Addaction, have been advising addicts to use the natural remedies.
ALL NATURAL: In the aftermath of studies showing that hormone replacement therapy raises the risk of breast cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's, women approaching menopause may be wondering about natural remedies to ease their symptoms.
Also keep in mind that natural remedies can take time to work.
Prior to that he had practiced pharmacy in the small town of Alba in the Piedmont hills, where he experimented with what we would now call altern ative therapies-- medicinal herbs and natural remedies.
Naturopathy is the system of treating health conditions with natural remedies, such as herbs, diet, sunlight and massage.
concerning the lady from Tennessee asking about natural remedies for fleas and ticks.
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According to her mother, Tara spent four or five years in real estate, all the while learning about natural remedies.
Natural remedies like Allium Cepa or red onion can often help - an example of curing like with like.

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