Alternative medicines are becoming around the world. Largely because they are cheap, available, side effect free and also when hope on conventional medicine is lost, this is the only medicine is left.
All those medicines that do not fit in the scientific definition of modern medicine is an alternative medicine. A scientific or western medicine is that medicine which has proved to have effect on the disease or the condition of the body and has been scientifically proven. In United States the area of scientific medicine is further expanded to include any medicine that is not been given approval by the Food and Drug Administration department, which is the watchdog over the drugs sold in United States. These medicines are also approved by the American medical Association.
In other countries, alternative medicine is judged by different rules and regulations. In united states even vitamins come under the category of alternative medicine. This inefficiencies in judging between the alternative and real medicines is attributed to the politics of medicine. Vitamins are said to have the same effect on the body like a placebo does, even after the hundreds of thousands of papers written proving their effectiveness as healers and as a part of vital body functions. Herbal medicine is too known as alternative medicine.
Although herbal medicine is illegal in United States, it is still sold and told to be more effective than other forms of medicine. There have been no formal studies done to prove the ineffectiveness of these medicines because the mature can not afford to pay the fees meant for the clinical trails. Unless a company further develops these medicines and adds a few zero next to the cost, it has no chance of moving from alternative to western medicine. One also had to be careful while consuming medicines, since not all are advantageous.