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Descriptor in English: Complementary Therapies
Descriptor in Spanish: Terapias Complementarias
Descriptor in Portuguese: Terapias Complementares
Descriptor in French: Thérapies complémentaires
Entry term(s): Alternative Medicine
Alternative Therapies
Complementary Medicine
Medicine, Alternative
Medicine, Complementary
Therapies, Alternative
Therapies, Complementary
Therapy, Alternative
Therapy, Complementary
Tree number(s): E02.190
HP3.018
Scope note: 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.
Annotation: General or unspecified; prefer specifics; not for "alternative health care delivery system" (= DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE) or specific health service.
Allowable Qualifiers: AE adverse effects
CL classification
EC economics
ED education
ES ethics
HI history
IS instrumentation
LJ legislation & jurisprudence
MO mortality
MT methods
NU nursing
OG organization & administration
PX psychology
SN statistics & numerical data
ST standards
TD trends
VE veterinary
History Note: 2002(1986)
DeCS UI: 19609
Descriptor UI: D000529
Date Established: 1986/01/01
Date of Entry: 1985/02/25
Revision Date: 2018/06/29
Complementary Therapies - Preferred
Concept UI M0381156
Scope note 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.
Preferred term Complementary Therapies
Entry term(s) Therapies, Complementary
Therapy, Complementary
Complementary Medicine - Narrower
Concept UI M0381154
Preferred term Complementary Medicine
Entry term(s) Medicine, Complementary
Alternative Medicine - Narrower
Concept UI M0000813
Preferred term Alternative Medicine
Entry term(s) Medicine, Alternative
Alternative Therapies - Narrower
Concept UI M0381155
Scope note Therapies are termed as Alternative when used instead of conventional treatment.
Preferred term Alternative Therapies
Entry term(s) Therapies, Alternative
Therapy, Alternative



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