Alternative medicine like the name suggests is the type of medicines used other than the conventional doctor-prescribed-pharmaceutically produced medicines. It is also referred to as complementary medicine. The origin and use of alternative medicines can be traced back to ancient cultures and civilizations in China, India, Native America and even Africa. (Complementary or alternative medicines, 2008) According to Silverstein and Spiegel, alternative medicine can be defined as ways of medical intervention that are neither taught as part of medical school curriculum nor are they normally accessible in most hospitals. (2001) According to the alternative medicine homepage, alternative medicine could take the form of eccentric, untraditional, unconfirmed or complementary, assimilative and novel therapies. (Alternative medicine homepage, 2008). That said there are many different type of alternative medicine interventions from acupuncture, use of herbs, homeopathy, to the use of prayer (faith healing), music, laughter and sound, which is why there are numerous definitions of alternative medicine. While they may not be fully accepted as part of mainstream western medicine, they have nonetheless grown to play a considerable role in medicine. More so that in the US congress established the Office of Alternative Medicine. Growth is evident in the fact that the use of alternative medicines increased in 1997 by 8.3% from the figure in 1990 of 33.8%.