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What is Allopathic Medicine?

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Updated October 10, 2012

Definition:

Allopathic medicine refers to the practice of traditional or conventional Western medicine. The term allopathic medicine is most often used to contrast conventional medicine with alternative/complementary medicine, or homeopathy.

Many cancer centers are now combining allopathic medicine (conventional treatments) along with alternative treatments such as massage and acupuncture to help manage the side effects of treatment.

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Also Known As: mainstream medicine,orthodox medicine,biomedicine
Examples:
After being diagnosed with lung cancer, Joe decided to seek therapy at a cancer center that offered both allopathic medicine and alternative/complementary treatments.
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