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The traditional Chinese therapeutic technique know as cupping leaves its mark on Team USA at the Olympics

3 months ago
Sky Canaves
he red circular marks seen on the backs of Michael Phelps and members of the U.S. gymnastics team result from cupping, a suction-cup therapy rooted in traditional Chinese medicine that may help improve blood flow and recovery.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.