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A category of different approaches to treatment that are considered non-conventional as against western allopathic treatment which is considered the standard form of medicine to be practiced by doctors. Traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda, aromatherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, naturopathy, etc are some of the forms of medicine and healing that come under alternative medicine. Alternative medicine is not a part of the syllabus taught in medical schools. Alternative medicine has gained mainstream popularity over the past few years mainly because these therapies are largely drug-free and for thousands of years they have been yielding results in the lands of their origin and wherever they have been practiced. Allopathic practitioners often combine aspects of alternative medicine for treating their patients.

Fad diets are diet programs that gain popularity for a period of time before fading away. The objective of all these fad diet programs is to enable practitioners to lose weight. The diets differ mainly in the period for which they need to be practiced, the size of the meal portions, and the breakup of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for daily intake. Some fad diets are crash diets that promise desired results at the end of a short and strenuous program whereas others are for a more sustained duration. The success tales with these diets are largely anecdotal and there is a lot of scientific jargon thrown in by those promoting these diets in order to impress prospective weight-loss customers.

Aerobic means with oxygen. Aerobic exercises are those that improve the working of the cardiovascular system which absorbs and transports blood. These exercises increase the total number of red blood cells. Aerobic exercises are usually of moderate intensity and are carried out for sustained periods. Jogging and jump rope are good aerobic exercises.

Aerobic exercise is an exercise type that places demands on the cardiovascular system. Any exercise that challenges the heart and lungs is a cardiovascular exercise. It involves working out the large muscle groups in the body. It increases the need for molecular oxygen in the muscle. The oxygen is provided through inspiration. Aerobic exercises improve stamina, flexibility, strength, and co-ordination. It helps to bring down the levels of blood glucose and reduce insulin levels. Swimming and running are excellent cardiovascular exercises.

Anorectic drugs are appetite suppressants that reduce calorie intake. They are prescribed to patients who need to lose weight. Anorectic drugs are replacing amphetamines as appetite suppressants. The most widely prescribed such drug is phentermine and it’s also the most commonly sold appetite suppressant in the illegal market.

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