Alternative medicines are used to treat disease with belief and do not have proven healing effect established by scientific method. As medicines are not tested by scientific method for possible effect and side effect like toxicity and possible drug interaction with another substance, these methods of treatment is generally not recognized by the larger medical community. Homeopathy, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, energy medicine, acupuncture are example of alternative treatment using alternative medicine.
People generally get confused Alternative medicines with Complementary medicine. Alternative medicines are used in place of Conventional medicines while complementary Medicines are used as supportive medicines with conventional medicines. Complementary medicines use herbs, Dietary supplements, energy medicine, acupuncture in little extent, but not with intension to replace standard medical practices.
People have used alternative medicines for thousand of years, but because of a lack of clinical trial, safety and effectiveness are not proven and so aggressive research in these areas are demanding of time. The Indian government has taken steps toward Research and development and organizations who are involved in such activity are:-
1. Centre for Research in Indian Systems of Medicine (CRISM)
2. Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH)
3. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
4.Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine
At present Indian Council of Medical Research has approved only Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Homeopathy, Yoga and Naturopathy with recommendation of certain practices like Acupuncture and Hypnotherapy by registered practitioners or by trained personnel. One can buy these products online after consulting their doctor.
Speak to your doctor first before selecting any complementary or alternative therapy because of possible drug interaction. Never do self medication and bring both conventional and complementary or alternative therapist together to design right Treatment strategies. Be careful of a quack who can put your life in danger. Before buying any medicine online make sure proper prescription is in your hand. Ecommerce is to make your life easy and not to missue.