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What is Cupping?

Updated: Sep 28, 2018


Have you been watching this year’s Olympic Games in Rio? Perhaps you’ve been watching the swimmers compete for glory? If so, you may have noticed some very visible red and round

marks on the body of the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps. No, he hasn’t

been the victim of torture. Many athletes at this year’s games have in fact embraced the


traditional Chinese medicine treatment known as ‘cupping’.

So what is cupping exactly? Cupping involves having suction cups applied to the skin. This

procedure sometimes leaves a round, red mark on the skin which can take a few days to fade. Many athletes, particularly swimmers and gymnasts, are turning to Chinese medicine in a bid to boost their performance, ease aches and pains, and aid physical recovery from sporting competition.

Cupping is one of the many therapies in an acupuncturist tool box, it works to stimulate blood flow, drawing the blood to the surface of the skin and improving circulation. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to benefit from cupping, and if you’d like to give it a go, then get in contact with us here at Covent Garden Acupuncture.

We offer cupping as part of an acupuncture treatment in our clinic in Covent Garden. If you think this treatment

could help you, please get in touch we are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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