Alternative therapies are a group of therapies other than orthodox or mainstream therapies. The term does not clearly define each therapy individually rather it acts as an umbrella under which numerous approaches to health lie. The spectrum of alternative therapies offered is usually in the field of natural medicine, but it is not exclusive to it. The term alternative largely depends on where one starts in order to look for alternatives.
From a homoeopathic perspective there are only very few therapies considered to be effective. This effectiveness depends on the clinical picture. Emergency medicine involving gross tissue destruction is a field for the orthodox practice and other therapies can only be considered as adjuvant, but not as an alternative. Emergency medicine involving minor tissue destruction, envenomations, intoxications, psychological trauma and infectious diseases, such as tetanus, gas gangrene, cholera, meningococcal meningitis, etc. is a field where alternative medicine may be of far greater use than orthodox medicine. Chronic diseases remain largely unimpressed by orthodox interventions and usually lead to a deterioration of overall health. This field is where alternative therapy has its largest indication and where it often surpasses orthodox approaches. Preventative therapies barely exist in the orthodox field and so called alternative therapies have to be regarded as the first and often only choice of therapy.
From a homoeopathic viewpoint the majority of complaints are maltreated using inferior orthodox approaches. This is especially true for most mental, emotional and chronic complaints. The therapy of choice for these disorders should be energetic in nature, given the fact that we as humans are living beings, animated by our life forces. This would not be true, if we were as the orthodox approach views us, to be a heap of disconnected organs and tissues, which were to be readily exchangeable and not governed by a connecting life force, forming the overarching "I".
The choices of energetic therapies are limited from a homoeopathic viewpoint. This is largely due to the fact that once energetic therapies are applied a lot of harm can occur and any therapy applied needs to work within the laws of nature, with a high degree of purity and precision. Hands-on-healing performed by a fully liberated person is one acceptable form of energetic therapy. The downfall is the lack of such individuals and their willingness to give us a healing session. The other acceptable therapy is the ancient art of acupuncture, which takes about 20 years to learn. Again these masters are hard to come by, and most acupuncturists are fast tracked through low quality acupuncture schooling. The other acceptable therapy is classical homoeopathy. This art of healing can be learnt in about 5 years from scratch and chances are far greater to find a suitable practitioner.
Other alternative therapies may have their place and may do some good. Orthodox therapies have their place and may do some good. The therapy or therapy mix you are attracted to will largely depend on your understanding of who you are and what disease is.