What’s behind those red marks on Olympians’ bodies

Posted By Staff

Date: August 8th, 2016

Category: Health, Nutty News

cuppingRio – At the start of the Rio Olympics, several members of Team USA arrived to compete with what some people have described as odd-looking marks on their bodies.

Although the red circles on the skin of such athletes as swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Alex Naddour may appear accidental, they are actually markers of cupping, a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique used for performance improvement and healing.

The ancient practice of cupping has been used for more than 2,000 years in Oriental medicine and traditionally uses a flame to heat a cup that is applied to the skin.  More

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