Alternative Medicine

alternative medicine, the treatment and prevention of disease by techniques that are regarded by modern Western medicine as scientifically unproven or unorthodox. The term alternative medicine can encompass a wide range of therapies, including chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation, biofeedback, massage therapy, and various "new age" therapies such as guided imagery and naturopathy. Although many alternative therapies have long been widely employed in the treatment of disease, the scientifically oriented modern medical establishment has typically been skeptical about, and sometimes strongly opposed to, their use. Despite this, Americans spend billions of dollars on alternative treatments each year. In 1993 the U.S. National Institutes of Health established the Office of Alternative Medicine to examine the merits of such techniques. See also holistic medicine.

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Alternative Medicine: Selected full-text books and articles

Alternative Medicine: More Hype Than Hope? By Rosch, Paul J The Exceptional Parent, Vol. 43, No. 8, August 2013
Toward a Meaningful Alternative Medicine By Prasad, Vinay The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 39, No. 5, September-October 2009
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Complementary and Alternative Therapies: An Evidence-Based Framework By Shaw, Steven R National Association of School Psychologists. Communique, Vol. 37, No. 3, November 2008
Who Benefits from Alternative Therapy? By Weber, Christopher Colorlines Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 3, Fall 2003
Classical Homeopathy By Michael Carlston; Marc S. Micozzi Churchill Livingstone, 2003
Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion By Michael H. Cohen; Allan M. Brandt; Larry R. Churchill University of North Carolina Press, 2006
Alternative Medicine? A History By Roberta Bivins Oxford University Press, 2010
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