Why the Olympics Are an ‘International Festival of Sports Pseudoscience’
Cupping is just one science-free ‘therapy’ on display in Rio.
Listen… it's relaxing but that's it. The claims made cannot be backed up as there are no good studies to support the claims.
It started as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where it is heated and believed to shift the body’s energetic field. It's been used by a variety of cultures for at least 5,000 years. Egyptians were sticking suction cups on each other over 3,500 years ago. Muhammad prescribed wet cupping, where a small cut is put under the cup and drawn out to removes the jinn, or evil spirit, from the possessed. Riiiiiiight.
As medical doctor Harriet Hall notes regarding acupuncture and cupping, “It can’t be stressed often enough that the plural of anecdote is not data.”