Phelps puts spotlight on cupping

7845c41ea40919167e8561_%e5%89%af%e6%9c%acOlympic gold medalist Michael Phelps led American swimmers to a gold medal in the 4×100-meter relay, but what grabbed media attention and led to stories and photos around the globe were the purple and red circles on his back. They were caused by the ancient Chinese healing treatment “cupping”.

What’s cupping?

Cupping, a form of acupuncture, is done by lighting flammable liquid in a glass cup. Once the flame goes out, the drop in temperature creates suction which sticks the cups to the body. The suction pulls the skin away from the body and promotes blood flow to the area, which, in turn, reduces muscle tension and inflammation, and promotes healing. But the therapy can also cause small blood vessels to burst, leaving the circular bruises seen on Phelps and other athletes, which typically last for three or four days but can last for weeks.

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