You may have noticed several celebrities and not a few noted athletes sporting strange spots, of late.
Gwyneth Paltrow does cupping too.
— Tati Tot-Tot (@TatiTotTot) February 18, 2015
— justin bieber eyes (@justinbiebershi) July 1, 2015
— Slate (@Slate) August 10, 2016
These bruises are the inevitable result of applying (usually heated) cups to the body, which really suck. Here follows a reasonably concise skeptic’s guide to the venerable art of cupping:
While I must applaud Paltrow, Bieber, and Phelps for their respective achievements in pretending to have feelings, making interesting sounds, and moving relatively quickly through water (for an ape), none of them are qualified to advise you on the medical benefits of heated suction. Neither am I, to be frank. Please ask you local science-based medical practitioner before allowing someone to extract
toxins money from your body wallet in this manner.