alternative health practices
Submitted: Sun Oct 10 2004
CT: Alternative Health: alternative health practices
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Health or medical practices are called "alternative" if they are based on untested, untraditional or unscientific principles, methods, treatments or knowledge. "Alternative" medicine is often based upon metaphysical beliefs and is frequently anti-scientific. Because truly "alternative" medical practices would be ones that are known to be equally or nearly equally effective, most "alternative" medical practices are not truly "alternative." If the "alternative" health practice is offered along with conventional medicine, it is referred to as "complementary" medicine.