Alternative medicine is whichever medical practice that does not come under the category of conventional medicine. This includes practices like ayurveda, homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal remedies, naturopathy, meditation, yoga and so on. Alternative medicine, contratry to the conventional system of medicine, is neither backed by solid evidences nor tested to be safe on people. Alternative methods are often based on traditional practices, spirituality and other beliefs. Many people find them as miraculous cures for their sickness where other treatments have failed. In many developed countries where the medical treatment is quite expensive, people are switching to the traditional forms of treatment. It is commonly assumed that while the conventional system of medicine focuses on the symptoms of a disease, alternative medicine effectively attends to the cause of the disease.