Complementary therapies: 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 'complementary' when used in addition to conventional treatments and as 'alternative' when used instead of conventional treatment.
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