In theory alternative medicine is a form of medicine that does not really fit with the scientific study framework of the western medicine, once a form of medicine has been well proven scientifically effective and a theory has been able to find out how to explain in the language of western medicine why it can be effective, it should be no longer be able to be considered for alternative.
But then after the theory comes politics, in reality in the US alternative medicine is a form of medicine that has not been accepted as scientifically valid with the American Medical Association and US Government, in other countries different official bodies will then determine what is the true meaning behind it, like it has been believed that massage is a form of an alternative medicine. In Canada it was considered as the conventional medicine that is regulated.
Would you even consider to believe that the US government the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine vitamins are completely have not been proven to have a positive effect on the body.
There are theoretical uses of vitamins that are not even fully proven but that doesn’t really mean that what has not been proven means less effective.
At the same time just because someone claimed that those alternative medicine is effective makes them a liar, supplements are not regulated at the same time that not all manufacturers are telling the exact truth whether the ingredients it contains are true or not.
If you are interested in using an alternative medicine for a specific problem or just simply to improve your health its best to do research what kinds of alternative medicine you are interested in and speak with the doctor about whether not she will be willing to work with the alternative expert.
Then you may find a person that is really good with alternative medicine and that most forms of alternative medicine are not licensed in the US so ask where they went to school and how long have they been practicing it.
Oriental medicine is the form of alternative medicine that can be compared to the western medicine as a complete system of medicine, oriental medicine is based on different theories that have ben developed on thousand of years and has been developed on the Yellow Emperors Classic between three to five thousand years that has passed.
Herbal therapy is the most common form of alternative medicine found in the US and it is possible that it can be very risky, while most of the conventional medicine doctors prescribe today are from herbs, the herbal supplements that are commonly on sale have no common dosages and may contain fillers that are very rare with the side effects.