Michael Phelps and the Olympic swimmers arrived in prime time Sunday night, and there was something unmistakable on their bodies: round circles.
But What Are the Purple Dots on Michael Phelps?
It is Cupping!
What is Cupping?
Dating back 5,000 years, the therapy is a form of acupuncture, and is based on the idea that suction from the cups draws the skin up and mobilises blood and energy around the body.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy
The British Cupping Society says cupping therapy can treat a variety of conditions. The organization says cupping therapy is used to treat:
1. Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
2. Fertility and gynecological disorders
3. Skin problems such as eczema and acne
4. High blood pressure (hypertension)
6. Anxiety and depression
7. Varicose veins
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