alternative medicine

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alternative medicine ‎(uncountable)

  1. any of various medical methods and practices used in place of, or as well as, conventional medicine
    • 2011 May 19, “Think yourself better”[1], The Economist, ISSN 0013-0613:
      Unlike their conventional counterparts, practitioners of alternative medicine often excel at harnessing the placebo effect, says Dr Ernst.
    • 2012 May 5, Liz Gooch, “Australian Universities Defend Alternative-Medicine Teaching”[2], The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
      “Such courses involve so-called 'complementary or alternative medicine' masquerading as, and sitting side-by-side with, evidence-based health-related science courses,” the letter said. It added that universities were risking their reputations by teaching courses like chiropractic, homeopathy, iridology and reflexology.

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