If you’ve been following coverage of the Olympics, you’ve probably heard about cupping therapy.
The use of cupping is found in ancient Egypt as well as in the Islamic world and Western traditions. It is still used in traditional Chinese medicine. Dry cupping involves placing cups on the skin. Heat or vacuum pressure applied to the cups creates suction. The suction breaks capillaries under the skin which causes bruising. Cupping is experiencing a resurgence with athletes and celebrities.