A big reason I'm very against Alternative Medicine, is because it was all used on me as a kid, I was a guinea pig to it all and suffered because of it.
When I was between 5-12 years old. My eczema and Asthma was very severe. I would scratch myself to sleep most nights, and wake up to blood all over the sheets or not being able to breathe.
My mum however had fallen for all the alternative medicine health information. What followed for the next 7 years was everything you can think of besides actual medicine.
Cod liver oil, oatmeal baths, fish oil tablets, 3 hour boring homeopathic appointments and drops, zinc vitamins, supplements, essential oils, seaweed tablets, chamomile, different diets, limited sweets, mum arguing with doctors, hands in gloves, crystals in room, psychic readings, every single healthy cream out there, herbs, spices, naturopathy and more.
It got so bad sometimes, every part of my skin hurt to move, i was cracked and bleeding everywhere, a few times I was sent to hospital (luckily). Then I was given proper steriod creams, moisterisers and wrapped up in banadages like a mummy and within one week I had nice clear skin. Feeling the proper relief I'd always wanted. Playing N64 as a kid was my biggest relief and escape from my eczema. It kept my hands busy and in hospital they used to wheel over the t.v and console.
When I was teenager I was old enough to get the creams myself and start taking care of it properly. As a kid I didn't know better. I was still very bitter about what I was put through however, needless suffering due to bad information.
I resented my mum for a while, but I came to realise she wasn't all to blame, but the people that took advantage of her lack of education on the subject. People that knew better and took her money to pedal complete crap that led to a kid suffering for no reason.
This is why I believe alternative medicine can be dangerous. Kids can suffer and in some rare cases on the news even die, due to how extreme the people believe in these things. So it makes me quite angry anytime I see it be advertised and make so much money and will probably always be pretty vocal about it due to my childhood.
However don't get me wrong. Eating healthy, exercise, hydration and certain vitamins and natural creams can help eczema a lot. I do a combination of these things. This is NOT alternative medicine, it is normal looking after yourself that is recommended by all doctors.
In fact of what my mum tried 95% was bullshit, but there was 5% that was good which I found out myself as a teenager with proper research. For example Omega-3 in fish, very important for the skin to repair and stay hydrated.
The problem is alternative medicine starts off with facts that a real, but then distort the truth into the crazy to get you to buy there products and ignore real medicine.
I use a combination of steroid creams when bad and when under control I avoid allergies and triggers to keep it down keeping the steroid creams to as little as possible. They are safe when used properly, just not long term. My skins the best it's ever been at this point I'm happy to announce, I'll still get itchy and the occasional rashes but it's nothing like it used to be which I'm happy to say.
In summary, remember its important to eat healthy AND take the appropriate medicine. Do your research on anything sold to you, to find out if it works, if it has backed research, and look into everything as much as possible using trusted sources.