Alternative medicine is essentially any medicinal practice that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine. Examples of alternative medicine include naturopathy, chiropractic medicine, herbalism, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicines, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, hypnosis, homeopathy, and acupuncture among others.
Alternative medicines come from a wide variety of foundations ranging from spiritual techniques to techniques rooted in chemistry and human physiology. Many alternative medicines are designed around the idea of a clear mind and spiritual presence being key to a successful medical recovery or a healthy lifestyle. Alternative medicines are often lifestyle choices and remain separate from conventional medicines such as modern surgical methods. Practices such as yoga and meditation can oftentimes be grouped under the same umbrella as exercise and fitness while herbalism can cross into one's nutritional intake.