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Definitions of popular alternative therapies.

Holistic medicine:

As the term implies, deals with a being as a "whole" and integrated system rather than individual parts and advocates the synergistic use of herbs to heal the being. Also referred to as alternative or complementary medicine, it is composed of a series of disciplines including chiropractics, napropathy (a treatment involving manipulation of the nerves to relieve pressure and tension), reflexology, acupuncture, massage, and the following.

Homeopathy:

Based on the principle of "like cures like"—very small doses of naturally derived botanical, mineral, or animal compounds are diluted to treat a condition. The same substance in larger doses in a healthy subject would cause symptoms similar to those of the disease being treated.

Herbal medicine:

Rests on the usage of preparations and medications derived from botanical components such as roots, leaves, and flowers to promote healing.

Naturopathy:

Adopts a non-invasive approach emphasizing natural remedies, a healthy diet, and exercise to heal rather than surgery or synthetic drugs.

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