Why fare some of the world’s head athletes look as though they’ve been without ceasing the receiving end of a harsh paintball firing squad?

US swimmer Michael Phelps’s hide is strewn with livid polka dots, and his compatriot, the gymnast Alex Naddour is besides sporting circular welts.

But this is not the termination of a corporate team-building carry into effect. The athletes are among the latest adherents to the orally transmitted Chinese medicine treatment known as “cupping”.

This involves having high-seasoned suction cups applied to the hide for several minutes, leaving what appears to exist a circular love bite on the external part, which can take over two weeks to blanch.

The technique has been used as being millennia, but it shot to eminence in 2004, when US actor Gwyneth Paltrow attended a film premier with circular marks peppering her skin.

Other celebrity endorsements followed, with Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston in the midst of those sporting the circular suction marks without interrupti~ their skins.

But the Rio Olympics provides us through growing evidence that athletes are flexure to the alternative medicine in ~y attempt to boost their performance.

According to Mr Naddour he has rest the treatment “provides relief from the soreness and pounding that arrive from gymnastics”.

He told USA Today: “That’s been the unseen that I have had through this year that keeps me of good health. It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.”

“It has saved me from a great quantity of pain.”

Cupping is claimed ~ dint of. its practitioners to treat an marshalling of ailments, including muscular pain, seam pain, skin problems including eczema and acne, respiratory disorders, including the public cold, pneumonia and bronchitis, and has in addition been used as an alternative handling for cancer.

Speaking to the Independent, Dr Ayaaz Farhat, the co-adviser of the London Cupping Clinic declared: “The use of cupping therapy amongst athletes has grown in addition the last decade. Wang Qun, the afterward teenage Chinese swimmer being the ut~ obvious in Beijing Olympics. Since on that account, Floyd Mayweather, Andy Murray, Amir Khan and else recently the Olympians in Rio be in actual possession of all been seen with cupping marks.

“Their increased application is for the same reason that be chilled tanks or oxygen rich blood injections are used ~ dint of. International sports teams and premiership footballers – to rally from the inevitable strains and knocks in time according to the next round of competition.

He added: “It’s not erect forward to prove how effective it is viewed like there is such a vast course of injuries that we see, both in terms of anatomy but also the underlying cause for that riddle. But simply it is a exceedingly effective way to enhance, encourage and not only so accelerate the body’s own immune reply to injury.

“The main benefits are encouraging the fiery response of the body and speeding up sinewy and soft tissue recovery after wrong and strain. Cupping therapy has widened significantly allowing in the last few years and newer techniques are conscious used for conditions and diseases from home from sports therapy such as migraines and eczema.”

Dr Farhat’s co-operator and co-director of the London Cupping Clinic, Yasin Zaman added that cupping relics a “learning process”, as the team understands the impacts of the treatment on athletes.

However, there is publicly scant evidence the technique has in ~ degree detectable benefit in treating any natural malady.

In their 2008 book Trick or Treatment, science author Simon Singh, and former professor of complementary remedial agent at the University of Exeter, Edzard Ernst, wrote that the technique “has a slow history but there is no proof that it generates positive effects in in ~ degree medical condition.”

David Colquhoun, professor of pharmacology at University College London told the Independent: “There’s no science behind it whatsoever. There’s more vague conceptual connection with accupunture, and is ofttimes sold by the same people. But for what cause could it possibly do anything? It’s stuff.

“It’s not for scientists to conduct how it can’t work, but that it’s their [practitioners’] business to prove that it does work, which they haven’t achieved.

“But it’s desperately implausible, in what state the hell should sucking up a borer of skin in a cup behave anything to your athletic performance?

He added: “If it’s done enough to cause bruising, it is [breaking blood vessels], and that’s not going to avoid anybody is it?”

When asked on the supposition that he thought Olympic teams using cupping may require any advantage over their rivals, Dr Colquhoun related: “Not at all. If anything they’ll desire a slight disadvantage because they’re decline time getting cupped”.

But cupping is clearly not having abundant of a detrimental impact on Mr Phelps, who (at the time of literary production) has chalked up his 19th Olympic Gold medal.…-it/ar-BBvnXbi

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