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Sixty seconds on . . . cupping

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 30 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1919
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Up for the cup?

Some people are. The alternative therapy of cupping—thought to have originated in Middle Eastern and Asian cultures—is popular with Olympic swimmers, with various competitors in Tokyo being seen with dark circles on their bodies. The trend among athletes started with legendary US swimmer Michael Phelps and others in Rio five years ago. Celebrities including actress …

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