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Michael Phelps and Other Olympians Are All About Cupping and Now Kim Kardashian Wants to Try

by Alex Ungerman 1:02 PM PDT, August 09, 2016
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Cupping for the Gold!

With the 2016 Rio Games well underway, Olympic fans are noticing some peculiar, perfectly round purple spots adorning many of the world's best athletes' bodies.

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Team USA swimmers and gymnasts are particularly keen on the healing trend -- known as cupping -- including Olympic megastar Michael Phelps, who looks to almost be collecting more circles on his shoulders and back than he has won in gold medals!

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How the procedure works is by lighting a small fire within round glass cups. When the flame goes out, the cups are applied to sore parts of the body. The drop in temperature causes a suction effect that pulls at the skin and promotes blood flow -- leaving the round splotches, which can last a few days.

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It also seems you can apply the cups almost anywhere there is soreness, as this not-quite-NSFW pic Phelps shared last year very clearly shows.

Thanks @arschmitty for my cupping today!!! #mpswim #mp 📷 @chasekalisz

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Many athletes swear by the technique for pain relief, including Team USA gymnast Alex Naddour, who told USA Today, "It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else."

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But it's not just athletes who are taking up the acupuncture technique.

On Monday, Kim Kardashian West posted a picture to Snapchat, declaring, "Trying cupping!"

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And let's not forget, that as with just about any alternative health trend, Gwyneth Paltrow has not only done it, but did so before it even became a thing. Case in point? The Oscar winner was seen with the spots at the NYC premiere of Anchorman -- in 2004.

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Putting us all to shame, as always, Gwyneth!

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Watch the video below for more of what's going on at the 2016 Games.

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