"Imagine what would happen if a pharmaceutical company announced that it had invented a drug which could effectively treat practically everything that could go wrong with a person. The short list would include asthma, arthritis, indigestion, PMS, sinusitis, insomnia, fibromyalgia, hot flashes, high blood pressure, infertility, constipation, the side effects of chemotherapy, and the common cold, not to mention every conceivable variety of pain. And imagine that not only can this drug address all of these problems, but all of its "side effects" are positive: it has stress-reducing and mood-elevating properties, and is fact is so relaxing that some people who have nothing really wrong with them like to use it on a regular basis, just because they enjoy it so much. And yet it isn't addictive, and there's no way to overdose on it. Think about the potential market for such a drug -- and how it would challenge our assumptions about how medicine works.
"Now imagine that this drug isn't a drug, but a practice so old that it cannot be patented or claimed by anyone. A practice that requires almost no materials and potentially costs almost nothing. In a country that is not only int he midst of a health care crisis due to skyrocketing costs, but also sunk in the worse recession in memory."