What is cupping and how does it work?

What is cupping and how does it work?

“I’ve been doing it for a while,” Phelps said, after racing through the semi-final of the 200-metre butterfly event. Cupping is a form of alternative therapy and acupuncture, which is currently under the spotlight at the Olympics.
It involves, as the name suggests, a series of glass or plastic cups being placed on the recipient’s skin. The cups are heated and come into effect upon cooling; the air trapped between the cup and skin contracts, creating a suction-like effect that pulls the skin upwards, drawing blood to the surface to increase blood flow and give the resulting marks their deep crimson-purple colour. At times, vacuum pumps can be used along with the cups to aid the process of suction.
The marks can last from anywhere between a few days to more than a week, but who came up with the idea in the first place?

Origins of cupping

Hailing from the east, the origins of cupping have been pinned to ancient China, where the practice was deemed to be a medical treatment serving as a form of healing and recovery. 3,000 years ago, cupping had an even greater significance to some Chinese practitioners, who would say that it, “helps open up channels of qi, or the body’s life force”.
It has roots in the Middle East too, with the practice of Hijama(the Arabic word for wet cupping) in the Muslim world well-documented. Hijama is slightly different to traditional cupping in that it involves a small skin incision and was endorsed by Greek physician Hippocrates.

Why are Olympic athletes using it?

Cupping therapy aids recovery, acting as a deep tissue massage, a form of rehabilitation, and a way of reducing pain. In a competition where quick recovery is pivotal to enhancing performance, athletes like Phelps are trying such methods. more questions about cupping, please check Cupping FAQs

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Why are Olympic athletes covered in spots?Cupping Therapy in Rio Olympics

You wouldn't need to have an eagle-like eye to notice the black purple circular marks on Phelps' back as he exited the pool. They're not a result of a tattoo mishap or a secret symbol only known to members of the US Olympic swim team. According to The Washington Post, the circles came from cupping, a technique used by trainers who attach suction cups to pull blood to sore and injured areas to speed healing.

Cupping therapy treatment is used by Olympic athletes to treat sore muscles. 
Here's how it works. 

It's a form of therapy in traditional Chinese medicine.that is used for health purposes such as treating congestion, reducing soreness and increasing blood flow.
The aim is to balance one's "chi" or vital energy. Practitioners believe that sickness or injury happens when too much energy is concentrated in one part of the body.
Cupping helps to redistribute that energy. 

Cups are placed on the section of the body in need of repair to create suction. The cupping therapy has been practiced in China for more than thousand years to draw out toxins, mobilize blood flow, alleviate muscle pain,soothe sore muscles and even help cure insominia and improve sleeping quality.

traditional Chinese medicine(简称TCM):中医


"What Are the Purple Circles on Michael Phelps? Cupping Has an Olympic Moment!"

菲尔普斯身上的紫圈圈是什么东西? 拔火罐在奥运会亮相了。

Michael Phelps接受采访说

"I have done it for awhile but I haven’t had bad ones (marks) like this awhile though," Phelps, who in 2015 posted an Instagram photo of himself receiving the therapy, told reporters on Monday. "That’s where I hurt the most," he said of the marks on his shoulder.

“I’ve done it before meets, pretty much every meet I go to,” Phelps said on Monday. “So I asked for a little cupping yesterday because I was sore." 


And it’s not just Phelps sporting the patches either. U.S. gymnast Alex Naddour, 25, and Belarusian swimmer Pavel Sankovich are also fans of the procedure. Naddour posted a selfie with a big cupping mark on his shoulder last week,According to Naddour, the marks are as a result of something, “better than any money I’ve spent on anything else”. while Sankovich, 26, posted a photo on Instagram in June saying, "This kinda Saturday morning. Cupping is a great recovery tool."

Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and pop star Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga have also been photographed with the distinctive large circles on their backs and chest.

However, while the therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures, it has been less popular among more skeptical Western medical societies. 
"There is no scientific rationale for expecting any health benefit from cupping," the American Cancer Society said in a statement on Monday.
However, Jessica MacLean, acting director of the International Cupping Therapy Association, said she has seen a 20 percent increase in purchases of cupping therapy equipment and a 50 percent increase of healthcare practitioners seeking out their cupping certificates over the last three days.
MacLean, who receives cupping therapy daily and has been performing the procedure on people for 24 years, said she saw a similar trend after the “The Karate Kid” movie was released in 2010, which featured the therapy briefly.

“Every time we see something like this happen in the media, it piques people’s attention,” said MacLean. "When people get the treatment and they recover really fast, they don’t care about the scientific evidence - they just care that it works."
What's cupping and how does it work?

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Who is the biggest winner of Rio Olympic Game? 奥运最大的赢家是谁

31-year-old Phelps led the US team win Olympic gold metal, 
and became 19th Olympic Gold metal winner.
Attentive audience found his body has a lot of dark marks on his shoulder, 
at first glance, we thought it was bruised after being hit, 
and when you look closer ......
Actually these are cupping marks.
The British "Daily Mail" had reported that cupping therapy has been Phelps' favorite treatment for injury hurt.

Fellow U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin, also a winner of multiple gold medals, has shown herself using the therapy on social media.

Lots of Olympic athletes have cupping marks, no wonder many people said that it seems the Traditional Chinese Medicine is the biggest winner of the Olympic game.





8月9日,菲尔普斯在比赛中。当日,在2016年里约奥运会男子200米蝶泳决赛中,美国选手菲尔普斯以1分53秒36的成绩夺冠。 新华社记者费茂华摄

在世界体坛,菲尔普斯不是第一个体验拔火罐的外国选手,但肯定是最大牌的一个。如今,“美国飞鱼”已经成了外国选手中的“头号拔罐粉”,他在自己的个人社交平台上多次发过带有“拔罐印”的照片,甚至在其最新宣传片《Rule Yourself(掌控你自己)》中,还专门有镜头记录了他进行拔火罐的过程。






























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作者:杨璞 江苏省南京市中西医结合医院、王敬 中国中医药报社文化传播中心主任

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