5 Truths You Didn’t Know About Cupping

When Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps showed off the suction cup-like bruises on his back in Rio, viewers at home all asked the same thing: what in the world is that? The suction cup bruise came from a traditional Chinese medicine called cupping, and it’s been around for thousands of years. The treatment uses glass cups heated from the inside to act as a vacuum and pull up the skin. It is believed to open the pores, break down obstructions, release toxins from the body and stimulate blood flow. Since spotting Phelps’ bruises, it seems like everyone is booking a cupping appointment. Before you book yours, check out these five truths you didn’t know about cupping.