Here as elsewhere it appears a few people seem really set on forcing every position into one of two sides of an oppositional binary. You have a 101F fever. Which of these solutions is correct?
a) go to Walgreens and open random boxes of chemicals, eating a few handfuls of whatever has a label with some numbers attributed to a scientific study on it, or you've seen on a commercial recently, then book an appointment with a surgeon for a foot amputation.
b) hang upside down by your knees, rub cayenne powder all over your body, and consume huge quantities of random weeds. After a few weeks of this treatment, if you have not yet recovered, blame "western medicine" for putting chemicals in your drinking water or radiation in your underwear. Do not go to a hospital even if you start bleeding from your eyeballs.
c) something else.
Personally, I would take some acetaminophen and an herbal remedy which has had a few studies done on it for safety and efficacy, and monitor my fever to make sure it goes down. And if it doesn't, I'd call a doctor. Let's not sacrifice our health on the altar of ideology; pretty much everyone is some variation of (c), really. It galls me when people disregard evidence-based medicine just as much as it galls me when people dismiss the use of any plant product as superstitious twaddle. Oppositional binaries are dangerous things to regularly fall into, because they blind you to such a huge range of possibility, within which the truth very often is to be found.
Here are two interesting (and longish) posts from Greg Laden at ScienceBlogs discussing skepticism towards herbal medicines and how it sometimes goes overboard. Does Cranberry Juice Help Prevent UTIs?
There is a follow-up as part of the next article: Fetishistic Thinking in Relation to Skepticism