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n. method of treatment involving message herbal treatments and other means

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Alternative medicine
Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but does not originate from evidence gathered using the scientific method, is not part of biomedicine, or is contradicted by scientific evidence or established science. It consists of a wide range of health care practices, products and therapies, ranging from being biologically plausible but not well tested, to being directly contradicted by evidence and science, or even harmful or toxic. Examples include new and traditional medicine practices such as homeopathynaturopathychiropracticenergy medicine, various forms of acupuncturetraditional Chinese medicineAyurvedic medicine, and Christian faith healing. The treatments are those that are not part of the science-based healthcare system, and are not clearly backed by scientific evidence. Despite significant expenditures on testing alternative medicine, including $2.5 billion spent by the United States government, almost none have shown any effectiveness greater than that of false treatments (placebo), and alternative medicine has been criticized by prominent figures in science and medicine as being quackerynonsensefraudulent, or unethical.

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alternative medicine

Noun
1. the practice of medicine without the use of drugs; may involve herbal medicines or self-awareness or biofeedback or acupuncture
(hypernym) medicine, practice of medicine
(hyponym) herbal medicine


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n. alternativní medicína

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alternative medicine
Rzecz. medycyna niekonwencjonalna


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