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Alternative or Complementary Medicine
Alternative or complementary medicine

Alternative medicine embraces any medical practice that falls outside the boundaries of conventional western medicine. Some commentators use the term ‘complementary medicine’ to imply that non-conventional medicine can be used in conjunction with western biomedicine rather than as a radical alternative.

Trying to be more specific about what exactly constitutes alternative or complementary therapy and to advance a precise definition is more problematic, however. Why the difficulty arises relates to the sheer number and diversity of alternative therapies that are currently on offer in contemporary society. A large variety of quite different practices and therapies can be recognized as being alternative or complementary therapies. These include shiatsu massage, angel therapy, homeopathy acupuncture and kinesiology, to identify just a few. ...

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