Cupping therapy treatment is used by Olympic athletes to treat sore muscles.
Here's how it works.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.
甚至改善睡眠。traditional Chinese medicine(简称TCM）：中医
"What Are the Purple Circles on Michael Phelps? Cupping Has an Olympic Moment!"
"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.
"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?