Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

Learn about the many uses for natural products to treat different medical condition. This includes summaries for each product’s effectiveness, safety, adverse effects, drug interactions, food interactions, disease interaction, and dosing and administration.

Biologically Based Therapies use substances found in nature to treat illness or promote wellness. They include foods, vitamins, and both herbal and nonherbal dietary supplements.

Chiropractice is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the belief that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.


A generic term for a format of alternative medicine that uses an energy field (i.e., electrical, magnetic, sonic, acoustic, microwave, infrared) to screen for, or allegedly treat, health conditions by detecting imbalances in the body’s energy fields and then correcting them. The patient/client is evaluated by electroacupuncture biofeedback, in which a device measures electrical resistance at acupuncture points that correspond to specific organs and tissue, known as “control measurement points”.

Manipulative and body-based practices include chiropractic, massage therapy, postural reeducation, reflexology, and structural integration.

Taking into account the physiological, psychic, and spiritual connections between the state of the body and that of the mind: mind-body medicine.

Whole Medical Systems are complete systems of theory and practice that have evolved independently over time in different cultures and apart from conventional medicine or Western medicine.

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