for instance, long-term cancer survivors that have become healthy again will tell you that it was a combination of traditional medicine or treatment along with alternative remedies such as herbs, healthier diet etc. also, there are people who have used acupuncture and it's helped them a lot. i don't know how it work but it seems to help some people that have not been able to relieve pain in any other way. sometimes traditional medicine is not enough, depending on the type of illness you have. there are people who have died just using the standard programs for some types of illnesses such as for cancer treatment. this is because you also have to find a way to boost your immune system and some people ignore that. those who listen to their body are much more liable to survive than those who just strictly go with a program regardless of how it affects them. some people can only take some chemo, some people it can literally kill them. so it's a delicate dance and balance one has to do. strong herbs or foods with high antioxidant content is critical for health or getting over illness, especially for very serious illnesses that can't be just cured with a single pill or treatment. it's also a lesson in how your body works and what it needs in order to be healthy period.