Hi Jimmy! I`m not sure which alternative you`re thinking about but I will give you my opinion anyway... hopping there`s nothing wrong with your health or your family. The placebo effect happens every time you Believe in what you are being told and what some treatment will do for you... only then it works! Problem is trying to find those treatments that you can Believe on... better said, one must find those who are truly committed in helping others (not for money, not for recognition, just for the sake of the self being health)... that`s why there are still very good doctors practicing common medicine (they haven`t found a better way yet). Otherwise no one would believe in medicine nowadays... common and/or alternative.
Personally, I don`t believe in any kind of practice as being the only one. I try to Be my on "doctor", choosing to be calm in the present moment, doing things that make me happy, being aware of my words and actions as well as their consequences for others, conscious of what has brought us till now... mistakes had/has to be made in order to better understand our self and "grow". Every doctor is also a patient... we are all tiny little cells trying to understand what we have been doing wrong.
Meditation as been my number one treatment... works for me every time!