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Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2004 Nov;15(4):725-47, v.

Traditional systems of medicine.

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94404, USA. kshankar27@comcasnet


Traditional ways of healing illnesses originating in ancient societies are called complementary medicine today. Many of the traditional medical systems are based on sound fundamental principles and centuries of practices by healers. This article reviews some of the most commonly practiced traditional medical systems. A common factor noted in several traditional systems is a holistic approach to the well-being of a person's body, mind, and spirit.

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