Rio 2016: What Is Cupping?

When Michael Phelps and his teammates won a gold medal on Sunday, many Olympics fans wondered: What were those purple marks on Phelps' shoulders? The bruises are caused by cupping, an ancient healing technique gaining popularity among athletes. Photo: AP. Subscribe to the WSJ channel here: More from the Wall Street Journal: Visit Follow WSJ on Facebook: Follow WSJ on Google+: Follow WSJ on Twitter: Follow WSJ on Instagram: Follow WSJ on Pinterest:

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FLOXshui Lee: Exm? Egypt?

Bobby Lawson: Cupping is pseudoscience

loolollol: Well, still better than using drugs, so I'm fine with that.

Oliver River: Wasn't this in the new Karate Kid movie?

Joe Rock: I got here only because I mistakenly thought the title is clubbing

hodaazzet: سنه سيدنا محمد صل الله عليه وسلم
Age of the Prophet Muhammad Pray God be upon him

MainsOnTheOhmsRange: I bet it also releases adrenaline.

Michael Seager: My girlfriend cupped my nuts and head of my dick last night. I was paralyzed for like 45 minutes afterwards.

Elizabeth Naka Fi’uaaoaa: eww yuck gross..ok now im never going to swimming .....................ever again

Miguel cabrera: wat is it supposed to do why are athletes doing it

EMT Quiver: our goldie has dapples! lol we love you Michael Phelps...RIO is awesome...they're performance was simplicity at its finest...more important in its beauty...Hope everyone is safe after the games!

jw s: in Korea, we have same thing. it is goooooooooooodㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Actually Korea's and China's ways are little bit different from each other, so i did not experience the china's one. Anyway i recommend that cupping if you have pain in your shoulders or back lol

Calbodacious314: I got something they can cup

DuxDon: A good example of the placebo effect.

River Maps: Cupping is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been around for thousands of years, most of the acupuncture clinics offer the service. It is commonly used for treating musculoskeletal problems and fevers etc. However it is not recommended to use in pregnant women especially around the abdominal and lower back area. Cupping should not be applied on areas with open wounds too.


Chris topher: That is interesting, I thought it was some pseudoscience bs but yea it makes sense that drawing blood to areas will actually do something

Hylton Li: They aren't suppose to swim after the opperation

Cyber FOOD1: Don't try it on your penis...god no

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