Ever since the Rio Olympics began, many athletes have been spotted (pun intended) with large, perfectly round, purple colored marks on their bodies. Especially Michael Phelps, one of the most decorated Olympians, whose purple spotted body created quite a curious stir. Soon, all these articles started popping up exposing this ancient method of treatment--cupping!
Naturally, I was very excited to see this. Because cupping is a Chinese Medicine technique that I use every day in practice, and it is about time it was shed some well-deserved lime-light. But when I started to read some of the articles explaining what cupping is, how it works, and whether or not it is just the next fad in athletics that will turn out to be hocus-pocus, I found a ton of misinformation out there that I simply needed to help clear up.
So what exactly is cupping and what does it treat?