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Descriptor English:   Complementary Therapies 
Descriptor Spanish:   Terapias Complementarias 
Descriptor Portuguese:   Terapias Complementares 
Synonyms English:   Alternative Medicine
Alternative Therapies
Complementary Medicine
Medicine, Alternative
Medicine, Complementary
Therapies, Alternative
Therapies, Complementary
Therapy, Alternative
Therapy, Complementary  
Tree Number:   E02.190
HP3.018
Definition English:   Therapeutic practices which are not currently considered an integral part of conventional allopathic medical practice. They may lack biomedical explanations but as they become better researched some (PHYSICAL THERAPY MODALITIES; DIET; ACUPUNCTURE) become widely accepted whereas others (humors, radium therapy) quietly fade away, yet are important historical footnotes. Therapies are termed as Complementary when used in addition to conventional treatments and as Alternative when used instead of conventional treatment. 
Indexing Annotation English:   General or unspecified; prefer specifics; not for "alternative health care delivery system" (= DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE) or specific health service.
History Note English:   2002(1986) 
Allowable Qualifiers English:  
AE adverse effects CL classification
EC economics ED education
ES ethics HI history
IS instrumentation LJ legislation & jurisprudence
MT methods MO mortality
NU nursing OG organization & administration
PX psychology ST standards
SN statistics & numerical data TD trends
VE veterinary  
Record Number:   19609 
Unique Identifier:   D000529 

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