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Marks On Olympic Athletes Beg The Question, "What Is 'Cupping' Anyway?"

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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medical Center

The practice of "cupping" has been gaining attention due to its use by some high-profile athletes at the Olympic games. 'Cupping' is not just for Olympic athletes, it's been done in Ann Arbor for years.

It's a form of traditional Chinese medicine related to acupuncture that's used to increase blood flow and help reduce muscle pain and inflammation.

I talked with Dr. Raymond Kong, the director of the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medical Center in Ann Arbor, about the treatment.

Kong's family has practiced medicine for 8 generations, and it's been treating people in Ann Arbor for 20 years.

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Dr Raymond Kong

He says several Eastern Michigan University students and local athletes have come to him for treatment.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sports Illustrated provides information regarding "cupping" at the 2016 Olympics.Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

— Lisa Barry is a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU. Contact her at 734.487.3363, on twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her lbarryma@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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