It depends...alternative medicine may be better utilized as a preventative measure to avoid those "serious conditions". Some Dr's may even use combination therapy where conventional and alternative are used to compliment each other. I guess it all depends on what you mean by "serious". If someone had a "serious" motor cycle accident and needs blood, surgery, and antibiotics immediately to prevent a life threatening situation, then I would think that alternative medicine may not be the best solution. If a "serious condition" means something like cancer...then the patient needs to weigh out the pros and cons of going either way. They may even want to discuss combining the two as stated above. Alternative medicine, however, may be an excellent choice for say... fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue or control of recurring headaches. I guess a good patient is an informed patient. Good question!