The term 'alternative medicine' strikes fear into the hearts of many God-fearing westerners brought up in the belief that modern medicine is breaking new boundaries every day and may soon conquer its own self-created nemesis of MRSA - the super bug associated with hospitals.
However, the evidence is not very compelling in other areas such as conquering the problem of antibiotics that don't seem to be able to deal with 'intelligent viruses'. These naughty little beasts which mutate and learn to survive each new laboratory invented weapon thrown at them tend to remind us of the way that nature works - something along the lines of the survival of the fittest? Fortunately nature generally produces rather more attractive results than the average laboratory, and this is where the fundamental concept of alternative medicine seems to have got hold of the right end of the stick.
Holistic medicine, on the other hand approaches discomfort in a different way and has to be viewed as a different approach to medical problems, which is becoming more and more popular - and more and more accepted as a valid alternative where western medicine has failed to find solutions.
Ibiza, as part of the original hippy trail that asked questions of western medicine back in the day, remains a melting pot of ideas and methods learnt by the devoted through their global travels.
As such it serves not only as a college of learning for these diverse, ancient and almost magical methods of treatment, where all else has failed, but a place frequented in volume by people who have gone the extra mile in order to do what your average NHS matron would love to do, but hasn't yet been given the chance?