Cupping Therapy & the Olympics

Like many people in the world, we at Boston Chinese Acupuncture have been glued to the 2016 Rio Olympics for the last 2 weeks. If you have been watching the swimming competition, you would have undoubtedly noticed the circular bruise marks on the body of Michael Phelps. Images such as this one has sparked a storm of media interest in cupping therapy, a branch of Chinese medicine in which glass cups are heated and stuck on the body through vacuum suction.

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