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By Amanda

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Here’s Why Olympic Athletes Are Covered In Large Red Dots.

Cupping comes from ancient Chinese medicine.

It's believed that the practice stimulates blood flow to the areas of the body that have experienced vigorous exercise.

Cupping comes from ancient Chinese medicine.

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So it makes sense that Olympic athletes would do it.

After all, their entire lives consist of vigorous exercise.

So it makes sense that Olympic athletes would do it.

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So, how does it work?

It's all about using cups to create a vacuum on the skin.

So, how does it work?

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A rounded cup is placed on a certain area, and a piece of cotton is lit inside.

When the flame goes out, the air cools and creates the suction, pulling the skin into a vacuum.

A rounded cup is placed on a certain area, and a piece of cotton is lit inside.

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Afterwards, it leaves marks like this.

Think of it as one big, controlled, circular hickey -- but you know, with health benefits.

Afterwards, it leaves marks like this.

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