complementary medicine


noun

Also called: alternative medicine the treatment, alleviation, or prevention of disease by such techniques as osteopathy, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and acupuncture, allied with attention to such factors as diet and emotional stability, which can affect a person's wellbeingSee also holism (def. 2)

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Medical definitions for complementary medicine

complementary medicine

n.

A method of health care that combines the therapies and philosophies of conventional medicine with those of alternative medicines, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine.
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Scientific definitions for complementary medicine

complementary medicine

A method of delivering of health care that combines the therapies and philosophies of conventional medicine with those of alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and biofeedback.
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