a term used to describe approaches to health care that are outside the realm of and are used in place of conventional medicine. Key questions exist as to whether they are safe or if they work. Examples include special diets, homeopathic remedies, electromagnetic fields, and therapeutic touch.
(n) commonly used to refer to health care existing outside the medical status quo, e.g.; herbalism, nutrition, chiropractic, naturopathy, acupuncture, etc.; although the more correct terminology for these disciplines would be complementary or traditional medicine
This term was originally coined to describe health care approaches not taught in medical schools. It has been replaced with â€œcomplementary medicineâ€ since Americans rarely use these approaches to the exclusion of Western, conventional medicine. Integrative medicine refers to the proactive, deliberate combination of conventional and complementary therapies.