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    • Alternative detoxification

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    • Alternative therapies for developmental and learning disabilities

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    • Energy therapies

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    • Homeopathy

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    • Alternative medicine

      Alternative medicine or fringe medicine are practices claimed to have the healing effects of medicine but are disproven, unproven, impossible to prove, or only harmful. Alternative therapies or diagnoses are not part of medicine or science-based healthcare systems. Alternative medicine consists of a wide variety of pra ... Read »


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    • Jeanne Achterberg

    • Jeanne Achterberg (8 April 1942 - 7 March 2012) was an American psychologist known for investigating the therapeutic application of guided imagery and creative visualization. Achterberg was originally influenced by her collaboration with O. Carl Simonton, a specialist in radiology and oncology, and a pioneer of psycho ... Read »


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    • Acupuncture

    • Acupuncture

      Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM theory and practice are not based upon scientific knowledge, and acupuncture is a pseudoscience. There is a diverse range of acupuncture theories based on diff ... Read »


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    • Alkaline diet

    • Alkaline diet (also known as the alkaline ash diet, alkaline acid diet, acid ash diet, and the acid alkaline diet) describes a group of loosely related diets based on the belief that certain foods can affect the acidity (pH) of bodily fluids, including the urine or blood, and can therefore be used to treat or prevent d ... Read »


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    • Alternative cancer treatments

    • Alternative cancer treatments are alternative or complementary treatments for cancer that have not been approved by the government agencies responsible for the regulation of therapeutic goods. They include diet and exercise, chemicals, herbs, devices, and manual procedures. The treatments are not supported by evidence, ... Read »


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    • Alternative medicine degrees

    • Alternative medicine degrees include academic degrees, first professional degrees, qualifications or diplomas issued by accredited and legally recognised academic institutions in alternative medicine or related areas, either human or animal. Examples of alternative medicine degrees include: ... Read »


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    • Animal-assisted therapy

    • Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. A therapist who brings along ... Read »


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    • Anthroposophic medicine

    • Anthroposophic medicine (or anthroposophical medicine) is a form of alternative medicine. Devised in the 1920s by Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) in conjunction with Ita Wegman (1876–1943), anthroposophical medicine is based on occult notions and draws on Steiner's spiritual philosophy, which he called anthroposop ... Read »


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    • Apitherapy

    • Apitherapy is a branch of alternative medicine that uses honey bee products including honey, pollen, bee bread, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom. Proponents of apitherapy make many wide-ranging claims for its health benefits which are not supported by medical evidence. The more modern study of apitherapy, spec ... Read »


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    • Apple cider vinegar

    • Apple cider vinegar, otherwise known as cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber color. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed. ACV is used in salad dress ... Read »


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    • Aromatherapy

    • Aromatherapy

      Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds for improving psychological or physical well-being. It can be offered as a complementary therapy or, more controversially, as a form of alternative medicine. Complementary therapy can be offered alongside sta ... Read »


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    • Baunscheidtism

    • Baunscheidtism is a form of alternative medicine created in the 19th century. The practice, a form of homeopathy, is named for its founder Carl Baunscheidt (1809–1873), a German mechanic and inventor. The legitimacy of baunscheidtism as an effective medical practice was questioned by at least 1880, when a Melbour ... Read »


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    • Biodynamic massage

    • Biodynamic massage is a complementary therapy developed by Gerda Boyesen in Norway in the 1950s. "During a massage, if I see any sign of movement trying to emerge in the client, I would always try to encourage it, because my conviction is that this is going to liberate and express much more energy than would resul ... Read »


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    • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

    • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), also known as bioidentical hormone therapy or natural hormone therapy, is a term referring to the use of hormones that are identical on a molecular level with endogenous hormones in hormone replacement therapy. It may also be combined with blood and saliva testing of hor ... Read »


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    • Black salve

    • Black salve, also known by the brand name Cansema, is a dangerous and controversial alternative cancer treatment. The product is commonly classified as an escharotic—that is, a topical paste which burns and destroys skin tissue and leaves behind a thick, black scar called an eschar. Escharotics were widely used to ... Read »


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    • Bloodletting

    • Bloodletting (or blood-letting) is the withdrawal of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. Bloodletting was based on an ancient system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluids were regarded as "humors" that had to remain in proper balance to maintain health. It is claimed to have been t ... Read »


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    • Body memory

    • Body memory is a hypothesis that the body itself is capable of storing memories, as opposed to only the brain. The idea could be pseudoscientific as there are no known means by which tissues other than the brain are capable of storing memories. Body memory is used to explain having memories for events where the brain w ... Read »


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    • Breathwork

    • Breathwork is an umbrella term for various New Age practices in which the conscious control of breathing is meant to influence mental, emotional and physical state – sometimes to claimed therapeutic effect. Breathwork can cause a sense of altered consciciousness that may cause distress and has no proven positi ... Read »


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    • Carctol

    • Carctol is an ineffective cancer treatment made by mixing eight Indian herbs. Carctol has been aggressively marketed as being able to treat cancer and reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy. However, there is no medical evidence that it has any benefits whatsoever for people with cancer. Carctol is a herbal diet ... Read »


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    • Chiropractic

    • Chiropractic

      Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of unverified mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Proponents believe that such disorders affect general health via the nervous system. The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual ... Read »


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    • Chiropractic controversy and criticism

    • Throughout its history chiropractic has been the subject of internal and external controversy and criticism. According to magnetic healer Daniel D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, "vertebral subluxation" was the sole cause of all diseases and manipulation was the cure for all diseases of the human race. A 2003 pro ... Read »


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    • Clayton College of Natural Health

    • Clayton College of Natural Health

      The Clayton College of Natural Health was a non-accredited American distance-learning natural health college based in Birmingham, Alabama, offering classes in various forms of alternative medicine. The school was founded in 1980 by Lloyd Clayton Jr. as the American College of Holistic Nutrition. According to its websit ... Read »


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    • Clinical ecology

    • Clinical ecology was the name given by proponents in the 1960s to a claim that exposure to low levels of certain chemical agents harm susceptible people, causing multiple chemical sensitivity and other disorders. Clinical ecologists are people that support and promote this offshoot of conventional medicine. They often ... Read »


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    • College of Medicine (UK)

    • The College of Medicine (CoM) is a United Kingdom based organisation founded in 2010 for healthcare professionals and those interested in an approach to healthcare which includes food, social factors (in partnership with the University of Westminster and Wellcome Trust) and integrated healthcare alongside medicines. It ... Read »


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    • Colorpuncture

    • Colorpuncture, or color light acupuncture, is an alternative medicine practice asserting that colored lights can be used to stimulate acupuncture points to promote healing and better health. It is a form of chromotherapy or color therapy. There is no known anatomical or histological basis for the existence of acupunctu ... Read »


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    • Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program

    • The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program was created in 2003 by Georgetown University Medical Center in response to a nationwide NIH-funded educational initiative to incorporate CAM into medical and graduate school curricula. This program is focused on training students to objectively assess the safety and ef ... Read »


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    • Continuum (magazine)

    • Continuum

      Continuum was a magazine published by an activist group of the same name who denied the existence of HIV/AIDS. Favoring pseudoscientific content, the magazine addressed issues related to HIV/AIDS, AIDS denialism, alternative medicine, and themes of interest to the LGBT community. It ran from December 1992 until Februa ... Read »


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    • Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga

    • Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga is a modern style of Hatha Yoga that was created by American yogini Sadie Nardini in 2006. Central to this style is a movement referred to as a 'wave' (softening). The structure of this practice includes a 7 step framework which is applied to each pose within a sequence. Nardini incorporates ... Read »


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    • Corvalol

    • Corvalol (Корвалол, Corvalolum, Korvalol)® is a mild tranquilizer based on valerian (herb) root and phenobarbital, popular in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union as a heart medication. It is available as a transparent liquid with a characteristic strong aroma, and as white bi-concave s ... Read »


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    • Craniosacral therapy

    • Craniosacral therapy

      Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy using gentle touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient's spine and pelvis. Practitioners believe that this manipulation regulates the flow of cere ... Read »


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    • Creative visualization

    • Creative visualization is the cognitive process of purposefully generating visual mental imagery, with eyes open or closed, simulating or recreating visual perception, in order to maintain, inspect, and transform those images, consequently modifying their associated emotions or feelings, with intent to experience a sub ... Read »


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    • Creative Visualization (New Age)

    • Creative Visualization is a term used by New Age, popular psychology, and self-help authors and teachers in two contexts. Firstly, it is used by some to denote the practice of generating positive and pleasant visual mental imagery with intent to recover from physical sickness or disability and eliminate psychological ... Read »


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    • Ji Desheng

    • Ji Desheng or Jidesheng (Chinese: 季德胜; pinyin: Jì Déshèng) (October 6, 1898 – October 18, 1981) was a Chinese herbalist from Nantong, Jiangsu, China specializing in snakebite medicine and treatment. Ji Desheng was born as an only child in Suqian, Jiangsu, China on the outskirts of a di ... Read »


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    • Dhosi Hill

    • Dhosi Hill

      Dhosi Hill is an extinct volcano, standing alone in the North-West end of the Aravali mountain range with height varying from about 345 to 470 meters from the surrounding land and 1170 meters from the sea level; has temple, pond, fort and caves on the top and forest around it. The hill is unique, for the reasons, it h ... Read »


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    • Dorn method

    • The Dorn method is a form of manual, holistic alternative therapy claimed to be used to correct misalignments in the spinal column and other joints. In its theoretical approach, it is somewhat related to chiropractic and osteopathy, although it is different in its practical application. It was developed in the 1970s by ... Read »


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    • E-Lybra

    • E-Lybra is an alternative medicine electrodermal testing biofeedback device manufactured by World Development Systems Ltd. Its manufacturers claim that the device can "analyze and restore energetic balance within the bio-field of humans and animals". The device is based on an alternative medicine system called "Energy ... Read »


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    • Earthing therapy

    • Within the sphere of fringe science, earthing or grounding is a practice which proponents claim provides an array of health benefits. The therapy involves being in direct physical contact with the ground or with a device connected to electrical ground. ... Read »


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    • Electroacupuncture

    • Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. According to some acupuncturists, this practice augments the use of regular acupuncture, can restore health and well-being, and is particularly good for treating pain. There is evidence for some ef ... Read »


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    • Equine-assisted therapy

    • Equine-assisted therapy (EAT) encompasses a range of medical treatments that includes activities with horses and other equines to promote physical and mental health. A lack of high-quality studies, particularly assessing the efficacy of EAT for mental health treatment, have raised concerns that these therapies should n ... Read »


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    • Family Constellations

    • Family Constellations, also known as Systemic Constellations and Systemic Family Constellations, is an alternative therapeutic method which draws on elements of family systems therapy, existential phenomenology and Zulu attitudes to family. In a single session, a Family Constellation supposedly attempts to reveal a pre ... Read »


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    • Fatafat

    • Fatafat is a brand of digestive pills. As they give instant relief from indigestion, hence the name 'fatafat' which means 'quickly'. It is also a popular children's confectionery because of its good taste. Fatafat is taken after having eating too much oily and spicy food and the pills help in bringing quick relief fro ... Read »


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    • Fire needle acupuncture

    • Fire needle acupuncture also known as fire needling is an acupuncture technique which involves quickly inserting a red hot needle into areas on the body. Deep insertions result in greater pain and other side effects. Fire needling combines conventional acupuncture and cauterization with heated needles therapy. The tec ... Read »


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    • Folk psychology

    • In philosophy of mind and cognitive science, folk psychology, or commonsense psychology, is a human capacity to explain and predict the behavior and mental state of other people. Processes and items encountered in daily life such as pain, pleasure, excitement, and anxiety use common linguistic terms as opposed to techn ... Read »


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    • Food combining

    • Food combining (also known as trophology) is a term for a nutritional approach that advocates specific combinations of foods as central to good health and weight loss (such as not mixing carbohydrate-rich foods and protein-rich foods in the same meal). It was originally promoted by Herbert M. Shelton in his book Food ... Read »


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    • Forest bathing

    • In Japan, a forest bathing trip, called shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese, or sēnlínyù (森林浴) in Mandarin and sanlimyok (산림욕) in Korean, is a short, leisurely visit to a forest. A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breath ... Read »


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    • Forrest Yoga

    • Forrest Yoga is a modern yoga style based on Hatha yoga. It was created by and named for Ana T. Forrest, an American yogini. It is known for "its long holding of positions, emphasis on abdominal core work, and standing series that can go on for 20 poses on each side". Reputed for its intensity, the style emphasizes con ... Read »


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    • Frequency specific microcurrent

    • Frequency specific microcurrent or frequency specific microcurrent therapy (FSMT) is the practice of introducing a mild electrical current into an area of damaged soft tissue. Practitioners believe that the introduced current enhances the healing process underway in that same tissue. Quackwatch includes FSMT in its ind ... Read »


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    • Functional medicine

    • Functional medicine is a form of alternative medicine which proponents say focuses on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems. Practitioners develop individual treatment plans for people they treat. Functional medicine encompasses a number of unproven and disproven m ... Read »


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    • Gerovital

    • Gerovital H3 (or procaine hydrochloride and products known as GH3 and other variants which may or may not be identical to Gerovital H3) is a controversial preparation developed during the 1950s and promoted by its advocates as an effective anti-aging treatment. During Gerovital's "jet-set" heyday, Gerovital treatments ... Read »


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    • Grinberg Method

    • The Grinberg Method is described as "a structured way of teaching through the body". It focuses on body attention, perception and the individual's direct personal experience. The goal is for people to learn to be attentive to themselves and their surroundings, and stop automatic limiting habits in order to increase the ... Read »


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    • Guided imagery

    • Guided imagery is a mind-body intervention by which a trained practitioner or teacher helps a participant or patient to evoke and generate mental images that simulate or re-create the sensory perception of sights, sounds, tastes, smells, movements, and images associated with touch, such as texture, temperature, and pre ... Read »


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    • Gulkand

    • Gulkand

      Gulkand, also written as Gulqand, is a sweet preserve of rose petals from the Indian subcontinent. Gul means flower in both Persian and Urdu and in Sanskrit term ful or pushpa meaning flower; whereas qand means sweet in Persian. In Turkish it is known as Gül Reçeli. Damask rose petals and sugar are placed in lay ... Read »


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    • Haldi Ka Doodh

    • Haldi Ka Doodh, also known as "Golden Milk", translates to turmeric milk. Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. In Southeast Asia turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. Because of its brilliant yellow c ... Read »


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    • Health freedom movement

    • The health freedom movement is a libertarian coalition that opposes regulation of health practices and advocates for increased access to "non-traditional" health care. The John Birch Society has been a prominent advocate for health freedom since at least the 1970s, and the specific term Health freedom movement has bee ... Read »


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    • Heilpraktiker

    • Heilpraktiker ("healing practitioner") is a naturopathic profession in Germany. It is recognized as an alternative and complementary health care profession by German law. A heilpraktiker does not need to have any formal education or training but must do an exam at the health authorities. This exam used to be somewhat b ... Read »


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    • Hijama in Pakistan

    • Hijama is an alternative mode of treatment being practiced for thousands of years. The word Hijama is an Arabic word. It has been derived from Hajam, which means "to suck". In ancient times, the healers practicing Hijama used hollow horns of cattle as a suction device and they placed them over incisions to suck out the ... Read »


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    • Hippocrates Health Institute

    • The Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI) is a nonprofit organization in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, originally co-founded in 1956 in Stoneham, Massachusetts, by Lithuanian-born Viktoras Kulvinskas and Ann Wigmore. The Hippocrates Health Institute is controversial for giving patients false hope about treating cancer w ... Read »


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    • History of alternative medicine

    • The history of alternative medicine refers to the history of a group of diverse medical practices that were collectively promoted as "alternative medicine" beginning in the 1970s, to the collection of individual histories of members of that group, or to the history of western medical practices that were labeled "irregu ... Read »


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    • Ronald Hoffman

    • Ronald Hoffman, M.D. is an American physician, author, and broadcaster in the United States who hosts Intelligent Medicine, a syndicated radio talk show promoting alternative medicine, and the Intelligent Medicine Podcast. He is the founder and director of the Hoffman Center in New York City, and is a practitioner of h ... Read »


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    • Holistic dentistry

    • Holistic dentistry also called biological dentistry, biologic dentistry, alternative dentistry, unconventional dentistry, or biocompatible dentistry is the equivalent of complementary and alternative medicine for dentistry. Holistic dentistry emphasizes approaches to dental care said to consider dental health in the co ... Read »


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    • Holistic nursing

    • Holistic nursing is a nursing speciality concerned with the integration of a person's mind, body, and spirit with their environment. The speciality has a theoretical basis in a few grand nursing theories, most notably the science of unitary human beings as published by Martha E. Rogers in An Introduction to the Theoret ... Read »


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    • Human placentophagy

    • Human placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, is defined as, “The ingestion of a human placenta postpartum, at any time, by any person, either in raw or altered (e.g., cooked, dried, steeped in liquid) form.” Numerous historical occurrences of placentophagy have been recorded throughout the world, wher ... Read »


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    • Hypnodermatology

    • Hypnodermatology is an informal label for the use of hypnosis in treating the skin conditions that fall between conventional medical dermatology and the mental health disciplines. The use of hypnosis to provide relief for some skin conditions is based on observations that the severity of the disease may correlate with ... Read »


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    • Ischemic compression

    • Ischemic compression is a therapy technique used in physical therapy, where blockage of blood in an area of the body is deliberately made, so that a resurgence of local blood flow will occur upon release. Ischemic compression is commonly applied to trigger points, in what is known as trigger point therapy, where enoug ... Read »


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    • Isolation tank

    • An isolation tank, originally called a sensory deprivation tank (a.k.a. float tank, flotation tank or sensory attenuation tank) is a lightless, soundproof tank with high epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) content filled with salt water at skin temperature, in which individuals float. They were first used in 1954 to test t ... Read »


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    • Kombucha

    • Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations ... Read »


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    • Koren Specific Technique

    • Koren Specific Technique (KST) is a technique developed by Tedd Koren around 2004. While the technique is associated with chiropractic techniques, Koren has variously described it as an "analysis protocol" or "healthcare protocol". KST may use their hands, or they may use an electric device known as an "ArthroStim" for ... Read »


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    • Mariana Kovacevic

    • Mariana Kovacevic is a Serbian traditional healer who has specialized in the use of horse placenta treatment to heal athletes. During the duration of the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea she used the horse placenta treatment to heal Ghana's Asamoah Gyan, who had been injured and was supposed t ... Read »


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    • Lactobacillus casei

    • Lactobacillus casei

      Lactobacillus casei is a species of genus Lactobacillus found in the human intestine and mouth. This particular species of Lactobacillus is documented to have a wide pH and temperature range, and complements the growth of L. acidophilus, a producer of the enzyme amylase (a carbohydrate-digesting enzyme). The most ... Read »


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    • Leaky gut syndrome

    • Leaky gut syndrome is a hypothetical, medically unrecognized condition. While increased intestinal permeability ("leaky gut") is a phenomenon recognized by mainstream science, claims for the existence of "leaky gut syndrome" as a distinct medical condition are mostly made by nutritionists and practitioners of alternat ... Read »


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    • List of Bach flower remedies

    • The below list is an overview of the 38 Bach flower remedies: This is a combination of: ... Read »


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    • List of forms of alternative medicine

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    • List of questionable diagnostic tests

    • This is a list of medical diagnostic tests that are considered questionable, unverified or refuted. ... Read »


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    • List of questionable diseases

    • This is a list of diseases and diagnoses that are considered questionable or rejected by many in the medical profession. Some are diagnosed using unvalidated or disputed diagnostic techniques such as applied kinesiology. Most purported symptoms are vague, generic, nonspecific, and generally categorised as "symptoms of ... Read »


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    • Live blood analysis

    • Live blood analysis (LBA), live cell analysis, Hemaview or nutritional blood analysis is the use of high-resolution dark field microscopy to observe live blood cells. Live blood analysis is promoted by some alternative medicine practitioners, who assert that it can diagnose a range of diseases. There is no scientific e ... Read »


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    • Virginia Livingston

    • Virginia Livingston (1906–1990) was an American physician and cancer researcher who advocated the unsupported theory that a specific species of bacteria she named Progenitor cryptocides was the primary cause of cancer in humans. Her theories about P. cryptocides have not been duplicated by researchers, and a clini ... Read »


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    • Lymphatic pump

    • The lymphatic pump is a method of manipulation used by physicians who practice manual medicine (primarily osteopathic physicians). The term lymphatic pump was invented by Earl Miller, D.O. to describe what was formerly known in osteopathic medicine as the thoracic pump technique. The technique is applied to a per ... Read »


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    • Macrobiotic diet

    • A macrobiotic diet (or macrobiotics), is a fad diet fixed on ideas about types of food drawn from Zen buddhism. The diet attempts to balance the supposed yin and yang elements of food and cookware. Major principles of macrobiotic diets are to reduce animal product, eat locally grown foods that are in season, and consum ... Read »


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    • Maggot therapy

    • Maggot therapy

      Maggot therapy is a type of biotherapy involving the introduction of live, disinfected maggots (fly larvae) into the non-healing skin and soft tissue wound(s) of a human or animal for the purpose of cleaning out the necrotic (dead) tissue within a wound (debridement) and disinfection. There is evidence that maggot the ... Read »


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    • Mapuche medicine

    • Mapuche medicine is the system of medical treatment historically used by the Mapuche people of southern Chile. It is essentially magical-religious in nature, believing disease to be caused by supernatural factors such as spells and curable by treatments based on rituals, thermal waters and herbs. Knowledge of medicinal ... Read »


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    • Maryland University of Integrative Health

    • Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly the Tai Sophia Institute, is a private non-profit graduate school of alternative medicine located in Laurel, Maryland. It is a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredited graduate school with an academic and clinical focus on integrative health, preventati ... Read »


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    • Maytenus robusta Reissek

    • The Maytenus robusta Reissek (Brazil: cafezinho do mato or coração de bugre) is a Brazilian herb which used in folk medicine to cure gastric ulcers In one research found that M. robusta has evident ulcer healing, mainly through the strengthening of protective factors of the gastric mucosa, such as mucus layer, ... Read »


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    • Medical uses of silver

    • Medical uses of silver

      The medical uses of silver include the use of silver in wound dressings, creams, and as an antibiotic coating on medical devices. While wound dressings containing silver sulfadiazine or silver nanomaterials may be used on external infections, there is little evidence to support such use. There is tentative evidence tha ... Read »


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    • Guided meditation

    • Guided meditation is a process by which one or more participants meditate in response to the guidance provided by a trained practitioner or teacher, either in person or via a written text, sound recording, video, or audiovisual media comprising music or verbal instruction, or a combination of both. This process often ... Read »


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    • Microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulator

    • A microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulator or MENS (also microamperage electrical neuromuscular stimulator) is a device used to send weak electrical signals into the body. Such devices apply extremely small (less than 1 microampere) electrical currents to nerves using electrodes placed on the skin. One microamp ... Read »


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    • Mind–body interventions


    • Mindfulness-based stress reduction

    • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a program that incorporates mindfulness to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues that were initially difficult to treat in a hospital setting. Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, MB ... Read »


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    • Ministry of AYUSH

    • Ministry of AYUSH

      The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, abbreviated as AYUSH, is a governmental body in India purposed with developing, education and research in ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine), yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, homoeopathy, Sowa-rigpa (Traditional Tibetan medicine), and ... Read »


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    • Miracle Mineral Supplement

    • Miracle Mineral Supplement, often referred to as Miracle Mineral Solution, Master Mineral Solution, MMS or the CD protocol, is a toxic solution of 28%sodium chlorite in distilled water. The product contains essentially the same ingredient as industrial-strength bleach before "activation" with a food-grade acid. The nam ... Read »


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    • Modified citrus pectin

    • Modified citrus pectin (also known as citrus pectin, Pecta-Sol and MCP) is a modified, more digestible form of pectin. It is obtained from the peels, seeds and pulp of citrus fruits using a chemical extraction process. MCP is promoted in dietary supplement form as an alternative cancer treatment and is under research ... Read »


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    • Moerman Therapy

    • The Moerman Therapy, also called Moerman Method or Moerman Diet is a purported cancer treatment from the Dutch practitioner Cornelis Moerman (1893-1988). Its effectiveness is supported by anecdote only – there is no evidence of its worth as a cancer treatment. According to Quackwatch, "The diet prohibited all ... Read »


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    • Moxibustion

    • Moxibustion

      Moxibustion (Chinese: ; pinyin: jiǔ) is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort () on particular points on the body. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China (including Tibet), Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort ... Read »


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    • National League for Liberty in Vaccination

    • The National League for Liberty in Vaccination (French: Ligue nationale pour la liberté des vaccinations) is a non-profit French organization formed in 1954. It seeks to bring together those who believe that there are many approaches to good health and that vaccination is not the only route to the prevention of dise ... Read »


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    • Natural News

    • Natural News

      Natural News (formerly NewsTarget, which is now a separate sister site) is a website for the sale of various dietary supplements, promotion of alternative medicine, controversial nutrition and health claims, scientific fake news, and various conspiracy theories, such as "chemtrails", chemophobic claims (including the p ... Read »


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    • Natural Standard

    • Natural Standard

      Natural Standard is an international research collaboration that systematically reviews scientific evidence on complementary and alternative medicine. Together with the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Natural Standard provides consumer information on complementary and alternative medicine for Harvard Health Publicat ... Read »


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    • Navajo medicine

    • Navajo medicine today has remained preserved for millennia as many Navajo people have relied on traditional medicinal practices as their primary source of healing. However, modern day residents within the Navajo Nation have incorporated contemporary medicine into their society with the establishment of Western hospital ... Read »


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    • Negative air ionization therapy

    • Negative air ionization therapy is the use of air ionisers as an experimental non-pharmaceutical treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and mild depression. Research seems to indicate that high doses work better than placebo but low doses do not. For SAD, a randomized controlled trial (RCT) comparing high ... Read »


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    • Neural therapy

    • Neural therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which local anesthetic is injected into certain locations of the body in an attempt to treat chronic pain and illness. There is no good evidence that the therapy works and it carries some risk; it has not been found to be of overall benefit. Neural therapy has b ... Read »


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    • Oriental Medicine

    • Oriental medicine is a collective term for several types of medicine practiced in the Orient and/or the East. The following may be categorized as Oriental medicine: The following may be categorized as Eastern medicine: ... Read »


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    • Orthomolecular medicine

    • Orthomolecular medicine, a form of alternative medicine, aims to maintain human health through nutritional supplementation. The concept builds on the idea of an optimum nutritional environment in the body and suggests that diseases reflect deficiencies in this environment. Treatment for disease, according to this view, ... Read »


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    • Osteopathic manipulative medicine

    • Osteopathic manipulative medicine is a core set of techniques of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine distinguishing these fields from the rest of medicine. Parts of osteopathy, such as cranial therapy have been labeled pseudoscience and are said to have no therapeutic value. The techniques are based on an ideology crea ... Read »


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    • Otherside Farms

    • Otherside Farms is a medical cannabis information center with a separate division serving as a private medical cannabis collective. Otherside Farms Cannabis Information Center was opened around 2010 by a Newport Beach couple, Alysha and Chadd McKeen, hoping their new "medical marijuana information center" would help d ... Read »


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    • Phytodolor

    • Phytodolor

      Osteoarthritis (OA) is a type of joint disease that results from breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. Initially, symptoms may occur only following exercise, but over time may become constant. Other symptoms may include joint swelling, decreased range o ... Read »


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    • Poly-MVA

    • Poly-MVA (or Lipoic Acid Mineral Complex) is a dietary supplement created by Merrill Garnett (1931–), a former dentist turned biochemist. Poly-MVA is an ineffective alternative cancer treatment. The "MVA" in "Poly-MVA" means "minerals vitamins and amino acids". Poly-MVA contains lipoic acid, acetylcysteine, p ... Read »


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    • Postural Integration

    • Postural Integration is a process-oriented body-based therapy originally developed in the late 1960s by Jack Painter (1933-2010) in California, USA, after exploration in the fields of humanistic psychology and the human potential movement. The method aims to support personal change and self development. During h ... Read »


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    • Power Balance

    • Power Balance is a brand of hologram bracelets once claimed by its manufacturers and vendors to "use holographic technology" to "resonate with and respond to the natural energy field of the body", and increase sporting ability. Numerous independent studies of the device found it to be ineffective for enhancing athletic ... Read »


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    • Primary Spine Practitioner

    • Primary spine practitioners (PSP) (also referred to as PSP, Spine Care Clinician, or Spine Care Specialist, or in the broader context a primary musculoskeletal specialist or provider) are health care professionals who are specially trained to provide primary care for patients with spinal disease. The PSP has the trai ... Read »


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    • Prokarin

    • Prokarin (also known as Procarin) is a patented alternative medicine that consists of a mixture of histamine and caffeine. It is marketed as a treatment for multiple sclerosis, but there is no good medical evidence of its safety or effectiveness. The drug lacks any plausible basis in science and is very expensive. Qua ... Read »


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    • Prolotherapy

    • Prolotherapy, also called proliferation therapy or regenerative injection therapy is an alternative medicine treatment that uses injection of an irritant solution into a joint space, ligaments or tendon insertion in an effort to relieve pain or address ligament laxity. Prolotherapy may help in low back pain, tendi ... Read »


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    • Pseudomedicine

    • Pseudomedicine is medicine which claims to be effective for diagnosing or treating specific medical conditions, but which has been disproven or which is unproven and the mainstream scientific opinion is that it will not be proven to be effective. It is distinct from experimental medicine, which is medicine that has not ... Read »


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    • Quack Miranda warning

    • The quack Miranda warning is a term used by skeptics to describe the text which the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) requires that all labels and marketing materials for products sold as dietary supplements carry, in boldface type: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Dru ... Read »


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    • Quackery

    • Quackery is the promotion of fraudulent or ignorant medical practices. A quack is a "fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill" or "a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, or qualifications he or she does not possess; a charlatan or snake oil salesman". The term quack is a c ... Read »


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    • Radionics

    • Radionics is an alternative medicine that claims disease can be diagnosed and treated with a kind of energy similar to radio waves. The concept behind radionics originated in the early 1900s with Albert Abrams (1864–1924), who became a millionaire by leasing radionic machines which he designed himself. Radionics c ... Read »


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    • Rebirthing (breathwork)

    • Rebirthing-breathwork is a type of breathwork invented by Leonard Orr. Orr proposed that correct breathing can cure disease and relieve pain. Orr devised rebirthing therapy in the 1970s after he supposedly re-lived his own birth while in the bath. He claimed that breathing techniques could be used to purge traumatic c ... Read »


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    • Regulation of alternative medicine

    • Because of the uncertain nature of various alternative therapies and the wide variety of claims different practitioners make, alternative medicine has been a source of vigorous debate, even over the definition of "alternative medicine". Dietary supplements, their ingredients, safety, and claims, are a continual source ... Read »


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    • Research Council for Complementary Medicine

    • The Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) is a charitable organisation (UK Registered Charity Number 1146724) founded in 1983 to develop and promote good quality research into alternative and complementary medicine (CAM) and enhance evidence-based medicine in this area. The RCCM works with the complementa ... Read »


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    • Francesco Romani

    • Francesco Romani (Vasto, 24 September 1785 – Naples, 14 November 1852) was an Italian doctor. Francesco Romani was born in Vasto, in 1785. After his first studies in maths, philosophy and literature in the near Chieti, he came back to his hometown where he started to teach literature; just a few months later, ... Read »


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    • Rosen Method Bodywork

    • Rosen Method Bodywork (or Rosen Method) is a type of Complementary and alternative medicine. This bodywork, described as "psycho-somatic", claims to help integrate one's bodily and emotional/mental experience while identifying unconscious patterns of muscular holding, feeling, and behavior. The main theory underpinning ... Read »


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    • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

    • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

      The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (formerly the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital) is a specialist alternative medicine hospital located in London, England and a part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is the largest public sector provider of complementary medicine in Europ ... Read »


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    • Rubefacient

    • A rubefacient is a substance for topical application that produces redness of the skin e.g. by causing dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation. They have sometimes been used to relieve acute or chronic pain, but there is limited evidence as to their efficacy; and as of 2010 the best evidence do ... Read »


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    • Seasilver

    • Seasilver is the trademarked name of a commercial dietary supplement produced and sold by the companies Seasilver USA, Inc. and Americaloe, Inc. The product was promoted with the false claim that it could "cure 650 diseases", resulting in the prosecution and fining of the companies' owners. In 2002 the US Food an ... Read »


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    • Shiatsu

    • Shiatsu (Kanji: 指圧; Hiragana: しあつ) is a form of Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical framework of traditional Chinese medicine. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means "finger pressure". Shiatsu techniques include massages with fingers, thumbs, feet and palms; assisted stretching; and jo ... Read »


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    • Smallwood Report

    • The Smallwood Report, officially entitled The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the NHS: An Investigation into the Potential Contribution of Mainstream Alternative Therapies to Healthcare in the UK, was a 2005 report promoting the use of so-called "alternative medicine" in Britain's taxpayer funded Nati ... Read »


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    • Sonodynamic therapy

    • Sonodynamic therapy, also described as activated therapy, ultrasound activated PDT, sonophotodynamic therapy and other terms, with no clear distinction in usage, is an alternative cancer therapy which claims to use ultrasound and light to enhance the cytotoxic effects of drugs described as "sonosensitizers". It has bee ... Read »


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    • Sophrology

    • Sophrology, coming from Ancient Greek σῶς / SOS ("harmony"), φρήν / PHREN ("mind"), and -λογία / -logia ("study/science"), Sophrology is the study of the consciousness in harmony; a healthcare philosophy made of very practical physical and mental exercises aiming at a prepared mind ... Read »


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    • Spagyric

    • A spagyric /spəˈdʒɪráµ»k/ is an herbal medicine produced by alchemical procedures. These procedures involve fermentation, distillation, and extraction of mineral components from the ash of the plant. These processes were in use in medieval alchemy generally for the separation and purification of metals f ... Read »


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    • Specific carbohydrate diet

    • Specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is a restrictive diet created by Sidney V. Haas (1870–1964) and later popularized by Elaine Gottschall, the mother of one of Haas's patients. The diet is claimed to treat inflammatory bowel disease and various other gastrointestinal and systemic diseases. However, scientific eviden ... Read »


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    • Stamina therapy

    • Stamina therapy (also known as Stamina method, or simply Stamina) is a controversial alternative "medical treatment" invented by Italian former professor of psychology at the University of Udine Davide Vannoni, PhD (born 1967 in Turin), founder and president of Stamina Foundation (a self-declared nonprofit organization ... Read »


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    • Strychnos nux-vomica

    • Strychnos nux-vomica

      The strychnine tree (Strychnos nux-vomica L.), also known as strychnine tree,nux vomica, poison nut, semen strychnos and quaker buttons, is a deciduous tree native to India, and southeast Asia. It is a medium-sized tree in the family Loganiaceae that grows in open habitats. Its leaves are ovate and 2–3.5 inches (5 ... Read »


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    • Suckers (book)

    • Suckers: How alternative medicine makes fools of us all

      Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All is a book about alternative medicine written by author and health journalist Rose Shapiro. It was published by Vintage Books in 2008. It covers very similar ground to Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst's book Trick or Treatment, but is written in a more journalistic and ... Read »


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    • Sungazing

    • Sungazing is the act of looking directly into the Sun. It is sometimes done as part of a spiritual or religious practice. However, the human eye is very sensitive, and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can lead to solar retinopathy, pterygium,cataracts, and even blindness. Studies have shown that even when viewing ... Read »


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    • Sweat lodge

    • The sweat lodge is a low profile hut, typically dome-shaped or oblong, and made with natural materials. The structure is the lodge, and the ceremony done within the structure may be called a purification ceremony or simply a sweat. Traditionally the structure is simple, constructed of saplings covered with blankets and ... Read »


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    • Tar water

    • Tar-water was a medieval medicine consisting of pine tar and water. As it was foul-tasting, it slowly dropped in popularity, but was revived in the Victorian era. It is used both as a tonic and as a substitute to get rid of "strong spirits". Both these uses were originally advocated by the philosopher George Berkeley, ... Read »


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    • Terrain theory

    • The terrain theory is the theory of disease proposed by Antoine Béchamp that a diseased body, the "terrain", will attract germs to come as scavengers of the weakened or poorly defended tissue. Béchamp believed that the pH of the body is important, and that an acidic pH will attract germs and an alkaline pH will r ... Read »


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    • Tinnitus retraining therapy

    • Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a form of habituation therapy designed to help people who suffer from tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or other sound in the ears when no external sound is present. Two key components of TRT directly follow from the neurophysiological model of tinnitus. One of these principles ... Read »


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    • Traditional Chinese medicines derived from the human body

    • Li Shizhen's (1597) Bencao gangmu, the classic materia medica of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), included 35 human drugs, including organs, bodily fluids, and excreta. Crude drugs derived from the human body were commonplace in the early history of medicine. Some of these TCM human drug usages are familiar from alt ... Read »


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    • Traditional Knowledge Digital Library

    • The Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) is an Indian digital knowledge repository of the traditional knowledge, especially about medicinal plants and formulations used in Indian systems of medicine. Set up in 2001, as a collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the MINI ... Read »


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    • Trager approach

    • The Trager approach is a form of somatic education. Proponents claim the Trager Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. The founder, Milton Trager, called his work Psychophysical Integration. He was an athlete, dan ... Read »


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    • Trigenics

    • Trigenics is a neurological-based manual or instrument-assisted assessment and treatment system developed and patented by Allan Oolo Austin. The technique originally began as a chiropractic technique, but is now practiced by osteopaths, physiotherapists and massage therapists. The technique is relatively infrequently u ... Read »


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    • Universal Medicine

    • Universal Medicine

      Universal Medicine is an alternative medicine and self proclaimed religious organisation providing "esoteric healing" products, music, publications, workshops and courses. None of the healing modalities are evidence-based or have been proven effective by scientific research. It is headed by its founder Serge Benhayon, ... Read »


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    • Urine therapy

    • Urine therapy

      In alternative medicine, the term urine therapy or urotherapy, (also urinotherapy or uropathy or auto-urine therapy) refers to various applications of human urine for medicinal or cosmetic purposes, including drinking of one's own urine and massaging one's skin, or gums, with one's own urine. There is no scientific evi ... Read »


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    • Urophagia

    • Urophagia is the consumption of urine. Urine was used in several ancient cultures for various health, healing, and cosmetic purposes - practices which are still used by some people of these cultures today. Another reason for urophagia is in attempting survival if no other potable fluid is available, although numerous c ... Read »


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    • Vega machine

    • Vega machines are a type of electroacupuncture device used in Vega testing, which proponents claim can diagnose allergies and other illnesses. The forerunner to the Vega test was electroacupuncture according to Voll developed by Reinholdt Voll in the 1950s. Helmut Schimmel modified the technique in the 1970s and presen ... Read »


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    • Viparita Karani

    • Viparita Karani (Sanskrit: विपरीतकरणी ; IAST: viparÄ«takaraṇī) literally Upside-Down is considered alternately as an asana or a mudra in haá¹­ha yoga. The name comes from the Sanskrit words viparita meaning "inverted" or "reversed", and karani meaning ... Read »


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    • Vision therapy

    • Vision therapy, also known as vision training, is used to improve vision skills such as eye movement control and eye coordination. It involves a series of procedures carried out in both home and office settings, usually under professional supervision by an Optometrist or Orthoptist. Vision therapy can be prescribed wh ... Read »


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    • Vriksasana

    • Vrikshasana (/vrɪkˈʃɑːsənə/ vrik-SHAH-sə-nə; Sanskrit: वृक्षासन; IAST: vṛkṣāsana) or Tree Pose is an asana. The name comes from the Sanskrit words vriksa or vriksha (वृक्ष, vṛká¹£a) meaning "tree", and ... Read »


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    • Wobenzym

    • Wobenzym (or Wobe-Mugos enzyme) is an enzyme containing plant-based enzymes bromelain and papain, supposedly to support a healthy immune system. These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not approved by the government to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Some ... Read »


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    • Yoga as exercise or alternative medicine

    • Yoga as exercise is a modern phenomenon which has been influenced by the ancient Indian practice of hatha yoga. It involves holding stretches as a kind of low-impact physical exercise, and is often used for therapeutic purposes. Yoga in this sense often occurs in a class and may involve meditation, imagery, breath work ... Read »


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