I used alternative medicine when I was ill. My doctors emphasized it as an aid to Western medicine. Did it help me? I will never know. It made me think of holistic healing which can't hurt Western medicine. Alternative medicine can mean so many things. I did mineral and vitamin supplements, a special diet, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Qi Gong.
The problem is when people rely solely on alternative medicine. Indeed, I saw a pain management doctor. Some medication was making me very nauseous. The prescription medicine to treat the nausea was available for $200/day. The manufacturer had no special programs. The hospice nurses called me and recommended Chinese herbs and pickled eggs. It was chilling that people with the means can swallow a tested pill for relief and those without can go to Chinatown.
Western medicine is embracing alternative medicine more and more. When I was young and the polio vaccine was developed, my father who had been at Bethel was opposed to it. Polio was the better alternative. My mom forged his signature and had us swear we would never tell him that we were vaccinated.
There is Witness literature and Witness culture.