Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine is generally defined as the counterpart to Western medicine. Its practices are not part of the science-based healthcare system and they are not backed by scientific evidence. The treatments/knowledge/medical philosophies are either used instead of or to accompany conventional medical treatments.### Alternative medicine includes Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and more. Typical treatments include dietary supplements, megadose vitamins, spiritual healing, herbal preparations, special teas, massage therapy and magnet therapy.