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Phelps Put The Spotlight On The Head

Phelps put the spotlight on the head

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps caused American to win a gold medal in the 4x100 meter relay team, but one that attracted media attention and sparked stories and photos from around the world who circle purple and red on the back.

They are caused by Chinese medicine healing "cup" old-fashioned.

Brent Bauer, director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program Mayo Clinic on Tuesday said it has received dozens of requests for media which saw prime-time Sunday night cupping marks Phelps.

Li Yun, a certified acupuncturist in New York, said his clinic Asia Tui-Na NY received a lot of calls on potential customers Cup. "We also have to bruise my patients only treated with acupuncture mostly, but there are also clients who said:.". Oh, I just tried cupping ''

Shaobai Wang, a specialist in two Chinese herbs and acupuncture clinics in New York, said many customers ask about the head after being hit Phelps', especially for information on how to work to get a bruise.

"In the case of sports injuries - especially muscle -. The best option is cupping And 'the best choice because it is simple, effective and easy to do, without side effects when used properly is why at this Olympics there are many athletes, the brand with cupping," he said.


Feng Ping, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which has been practiced in New York for 20 years, said customers who had talked to him on Tuesday at Phelps cupping treatment. "Fifteen years ago, customers do not believe [in Cup] and they will" time ", when [I suggest] cupping and acupuncture. Now people want to try it. Now people know," said Feng.

Julie Ji, a Chinese doctor and a member of the British Acupuncture Council, said the media coverage bruise marks Phelps' similar to the reaction of the people when the American actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the premiere of the same sign on his back in 2004. Besides Paltrow, had celebrities Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, and others have seen the mark in previous years.

China's Olympic athletes are also showing signs of the same, he said, adding, "Maybe Michael Phelps is to learn a trick or two from the Chinese swimmers in 2008."

Sucker, forms of acupuncture performed by lighting a flammable liquid in a glass beaker. When the fire goes out, drop in temperature creates a suction cup attached to the body. suction to pull the skin of the body and increases blood flow to the area, which promotes, in turn, reduces muscle and inflammation and healing. But therapy can also cause cracks in the small blood vessels, which saw a circular bruise on Phelps and other athletes, usually for three or four days, but can last for several weeks.

Cupping does not work?

US gymnast Alex Naddour told USA Today that cupping "is better than the money I spent on something else." "This is my secret with my stay healthy this year," he told the newspaper Naddour, adding that he had been rescued from the "sick."

Dana Vollmer, a medal twice at the Rio Games, he told Sporting News that "helps blood circulation, helps fluid or swelling at the different areas where you can put the cup and move to attract. It works great for many of us, many of us use. "

Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, who was in Rio for the Olympics, CBS News said, "There is no scientific evidence. There are a lot of tests out there, but there is no proof of quality."

This does not mean that the bruise is useless, he said. Cupping can work as a placebo because people think that works. "When people feel better, they work better," said Glatter. "But in terms of performance and power, (Phelps) already has that in the bag."

Bauer at the Mayo Clinic says the attention it got cupping good because "it makes people the right questions."
"The right question is not, 'Gee, I see something good on TV. I wonder if I can do?" The better question is: "? I'm going to do some work, cupping it seems interesting, how a practice of Chinese traditional medicine E" Given alone or as part of a treatment plan that is complex and comprehensive nutrition, exercise, acupuncture possible? "If you can get people to come back and things in context, so we had a big discussion."


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