With the Summer Olympics in full swing, many viewers have noticed that a few competing athletes have pepperoni-like bruises on their backs, shoulders, and legs. These bruises, while may cause some to be concerned, are a result of an ancient therapy technique called “cupping.” Cupping is more widely known in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, especially China.
Cupping consists of having round glass suction cups warmed up, then placed on parts of the body that are sore or experiencing discomfort. The position and placement of the glass causes it to create a vacuum-like environment, which is claimed to encourage blood flow to the muscles to relieve pain and soreness.
The history of cupping spans back to at least 2,000 years. It is believed to restore one’s life force, often referred to as “qi.” Today, however, cupping is predominantly used to treat a number of ailments including shingles, facial paralysis, difficulty breathing, and acne. The marks and slight bruising from cupping usually fade within 4 days of the treatment. Although some choose wet cupping, which involves cutting the skin and allowing the blood to pool in the suction cup, it seems that Olympic athletes have opted for the non-bleeding therapy, referred to as dry cupping.
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