It began with A List celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, the Beckham's and now it seems like this year's Olympics athletes have seen the appeal.
Several Team USA Olympians have been pictured with small, circular marks on their backs and shoulders, indicating that they subscribe to the healing technique called cupping/wet cupping/hijama.
The process dates back to Egyptian, Chinese, Middle Eastern and European cultures and works by applying cups to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy, toxins and In these athletes case excess uric acid. Some practitioners use glass cups which are safe if sterilised correctly and others use plastic one use disposable cups, as these prevent cross contamination..
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