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Ancient Remedies for Modern Lives


At the start of the Rio Olympics, several members of Team USA, including swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Alex Naddour, arrived with cupping marks. 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. The air inside the cup cools, creating suction that stimulates blood circulation. Depending on the patient’s condition, cups are typically left on from one to 10 minutes, and they are sometimes placed and moved according to TCM meridian points, which those who practice the technique believe are channels through which the body’s energy flows.

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