Qigong, a practice of traditional Chinese medicine, had millions of believers in China back in the 1980s. It is gaining followers in NYC since Michael Phelps’ use of cupping, another traditional therapy, during the Olympics.
Bill Cosby has taken acupuncture for 20 years. He says he knows for certain it works well for him. But 40 years after the practice arrived in the United States, many U.S. insurers still refuse to cover the procedure, and sometimes even the ones who do will try to avoid paying the bill, acupuncturists say.