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Glossary: alternative medicine, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

alternative medicine

(all-TER-nuh-tiv MEH-dih-sin)

Practices used instead of standard treatments. They generally are not recognized by the medical community as standard or conventional medical approaches. Examples of alternative medicine include dietary supplements, megadose vitamins, herbal preparations, special teas, acupuncture, massage therapy, magnet therapy, spiritual healing, and meditation.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine