Excerpt from Slate
Written by Jeremy Samuel Faust
Since Michael Phelps was spotted at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Google searches for cupping have skyrocketed to levels not seen since Jennifer Aniston walked the red carpet with visible cupping circles. And while we all know it’s usually not great to take health advice from mere celebrities, Olympic athletes have got to know what they’re talking about when it comes to recovery tricks. Right?
Cupping is an ancient Chinese healing practice in which a vacuum is applied to the skin via cups, presumably to alleviate sore muscles and aid in recovery. It causes the now-famous circles that are, for all intents and purposes, large hickeys.
But does it work?