We have a number of different tags related to health, and I am wondering if we need some synonyms and a clean-up.

I propose that, on each line, the latter ones should be merged with the first.

We have many tags for particular conditions:

Any suggestions or objections?

  • health and healing are already synonyms of medicine, [alt-medicines] is also a synonym already. I agree that all the others should be merged, I'm not sure for all of them which is the best name.
    – Mad Scientist Mod
    Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 8:37

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Regarding alternative medicine - is there such thing? I would assume any question regarding "alternative" medicine could be handled as a medicine question.

Regarding and , see also Tags for medical/health questions

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    Suma, good find with that other question. Let me return the favour: I was going to propose alternative medicine and medicine be merged, until I saw David Hedlund's answer here.
    – Oddthinking Mod
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 8:28

I'm prompted to suggest that and are, in practice, synonyms.

But I think both these are useful to keep separate from and .

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    They are not the same: homeopathy is alternative medicine but not a natural remedy; home-made shampoos may be natural remedies but not alternative medicine. I am aware that they are synonyms on wikipedia, but...
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 16:52
  • ... but they are said to be synonymous! Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 17:35

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