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Alternative medicine is medicine that is practiced instead of conventional medicine.
Finally I turned to the World Health Organization (WHO) for their definition of alternative medicine. The WHO uses the terms "complementary medicine" and "alternative medicine" interchangeably. Any of these terms refer to health care practices that are not part of the dominant health care system for that country.
After reviewing all definitions, I still don't have a concise definition of alternative medicine. You can see that there is a debate over how to define alternative medicine.
Generally speaking, I think the underlying consensus is that alternative medicine does not include conventional medicine. Whether alternative medicine includes traditional medicines that have scientific proof or not is, I guess, in the eyes of the beholder.
Dr. Dae is a Naturopathic Physician who practices in the Washington DC metro area treats the whole person using safe and effective combinations of traditional and natural methods to produce optimal health and well-being in the lives of her patients.
"Traditional Medicine: Definition ." World Health Organization. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2012.
"What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine? [NCCAM CAM Basics]." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine [NCCAM] - nccam.nih.gov Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2012. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/
"alternative medicine - definition of alternative medicine by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia." Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2012. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/alternative+medicine.
Reviewed January 26, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith