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What are some popular types of alternative medicine?

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Acupuncture, ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine and herbal supplementation are popular types of alternative medicine, according to WebMD. Many complementary and alternative therapies, such as yoga or Tai Chi, come from ancient medical traditions.

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Just under 40 percent of Americans have used alternative or complementary therapies such as acupuncture or ayurveda, according to the University of Rochester Medical Centre. Alternative therapies based on body manipulation, such as chiropractic medicine or Tai Chi are used for muscular or nerve pain and injuries. Herbal supplementation and Chinese medicine try to fight and prevent illness through restoring nutritional balance. Meditation and hypnosis are mind-based approaches working on the connection between brain and body.

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