In theory alternative medicine is a form that does not fit well with the western medicine framework once a form of medicine that has been well proven to be scientifically effective and a theory was able to show and explain the language of the western medicine and the study behind it.
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 is was considered as the conventional medicine that is highly regulated.
Would you even believe that according to the US government the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine vitamins are completely or alternative medicine have not been proven to have any great affect on the human body.
There are theoretical uses of vitamins that are not even proven yet but that doesn’t mean that what has not been proven can be less effective since it has not been considered to be scientifically right.
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 own health and well being its best to do research on the kind of alternative medicine you are interested in and speak with the doctor about whether or not she will be willing to work with a specific alternative.
Then you may find a practitioner who was able to go on training on that specific area with the alternative medicine, 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 then that can go to the doctor to ensure that you get the right need without any side effect.
Oriental medicine is a form of alternative medicine that can be well compared to the western medicine as a system, oriental medicine is based on different theories that was developed thousand of years ago.
Herbal therapy is very common form of alternative medicine found in the US and it is possible that this can be very risky while most of the conventional medicine doctors prescribe these days are from herbs and the herbal supplements are commonly on sale have n common dosages and may even contain some substance.