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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A variety of therapeutic or preventive health care practices, such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicine, that do not follow generally accepted medical methods and may not have a scientific explanation for their effectiveness.

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  • n. any of various medical methods and practices used in place of, or as well as, conventional medicine

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the practice of medicine without the use of drugs; may involve herbal medicines or self-awareness or biofeedback or acupuncture

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