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Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine describes any practice that aims to achieve the healing effects of medicine, but which lacks biological plausibility and is untested or proven ineffective. Complementary medicine (CM), complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), integrated medicine or integrative medicine (IM), and holistic medicine are among many rebranding of the same phenomenon. Alternative therapies share in common that they reside outside medical science, and rely on pseudoscience.Traditional Practices become "alternative" when used outside their original settings without proper scientific explanation and evidence. Frequently used derogatory terms for the alternative are new-age or pseudo, with little distinction from quackery.


Types of Alternative Medicine :
Traditional alternative medicine: This field includes the more mainstream and accepted forms of therapy, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and Oriental practices. These therapies have been practiced for centuries worldwide. Traditional alternative medicine includes acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, Naturopathy and others. 
* Body: Touch has been used in medicine since the early days of medical care. Healing by touch is based on the idea that illness or injury in one area of the body can affect all parts of the body.Chiropractic and osteopathic medicine, massage, Body Movement tharepy and yoga are some of the examples of Body Approaches. 
* Diet and herbs: Over the centuries, man has gone from a simple diet consisting of meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains, to a diet that often consists of foods rich in fats, oils, and complex carbohydrates. Nutritional excess and deficiency have become problems in today's society, both leading to certain chronic diseases. Many dietary and herbal approaches attempt to balance the body's nutritional well-being. Dietary and herbal approaches includes Dietary supplements, Herbal Medicines and Nutrition Diet. 
* External energy:  Some people believe external energies from objects or other sources directly affect a person's health. Electromagnetic therapy and Reiki are example of external energy therapy.