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 US alternative 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 choose what is the true meaning behind it, like it has been believed that massage is kind of alternative medicine. In Canada it has been considered as the conventional medicine that can be highly 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 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 moment just because someone claimed that they offer alternative medicine makes them a liar supplements are not regulated and may not even disclose the ingredients that it contains for certain that it will not even tell you the dangers that it contains if taken together with another medicine.
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 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 is very risky while most of the conventional medicine doctors prescribe these days are from herbs and the herbal supplements are commonly on sale have no common dosages and may even contain extenders with the rare side effects.