Term Alternative Medicine
Code LT-0500
Definition Programs that offer health care and treatment procedures that fall outside the mainstream of conventional medical practice. Most alternative approaches provide preventive care in addition to treatment of established conditions, define health as more than just the absence of disease, focus on natural healing as the treatment of choice, avoid invasive procedures to the extent possible, and approach individuals holistically dealing with their mental, emotional and spiritual needs in addition to the physical body. Many have their origins in the medical systems of non-Western cultures or in ancient healing traditions. Some alternative therapies are used instead of traditional Western "biomedical" procedures; others are complementary, used in addition to conventional care.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 10/21/08
Use References Alternative Healthcare
Alternative Health Care
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary Medicine
Heterodox Medicine
See Also References Alternative Medicine Associations (TN-5000.0100)
Alternative Medicine Information (LH-2700.2850-050)
Alternative Medicine Practitioner Volunteer Opportunities (PX-3000.0300)
Alternative Medicine Referrals (LH-2600.0300)
Rolfing (RD-1300.7200)
External Classification Terms Alternative Health Care (NPC E02)
Ambulatory & Primary Health Care (NTE E30)
Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (AIRS HC-300)
Related Concepts
Facet Service
Bibliographic References Complete Guide to Alternative Medicine, William Collinge, M.P.H., PhD, Warner Books, New York, 1996

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