There's no doubt that medical practices of 200 years ago sound downright barbaric to modern sensibilities. The funny thing is that some practices, like cupping, have traveled over to the alternative medicine side, and are considered by some to be good remedies for certain conditions.
There are some conditions that alternative medicine simply does not address that Western medicine has found a good treatment for.
I have no problem with alternative therapies, but in my opinion, there has to be a happy medium between treating with nothing but Western medicine and nothing but alternative therapies. Ideologies aside, all medical practitioners should work for the best interests of the patient.