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 US alternative is a form of medicine that has not been accepted as a valid reason with the American Medical Association and US government in other countries different official bodies will have to choose the real meaning behind it is like the alternative medicine. In Canada it was considered as the conventional medicine that is 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 person that is really good with alternative medicine and most of the alternative medicine are not licensed in the US so you have to ask their school and how long have they been practicing it as well.
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.