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Complementary Therapies

"Complementary Therapies" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

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.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Complementary Therapies" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Complementary Therapies" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 324 publications over 26 distinct years, with a maximum of 23 publications in 2005 and 2010
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