Why Does Michael Phelps Have Purple Dots Over his Body?

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    Aug 11, 2016 12:49 AM GMT

    NYT: Olympics trivia: What has 19 gold medals and a bunch of purple circles?

    If you watched a certain swimmer’s Rio Games debut on Sunday night, when he propelled the United States 4×100-meter relay team to a gold medal, you know the answer: Michael Phelps.

    While it may look like Phelps and several other Olympians with those skin marks have been in a bar fight, the telltale dots actually are signs of “cupping,” an ancient Chinese healing practice that is experiencing an Olympic moment.

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    Aug 11, 2016 2:40 PM GMT
    TMC - traditional Chinese medicine . Accuputure, cupping, herbs. The purple marks are from cupping.
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    Aug 11, 2016 8:05 PM GMT
    Hey guys!
    All these purple stains on the Phelps`s back don`t rise any questions in the minds of Russians in both modern Russia and Soviet Union. I will tell you why.
    When I was a child and even when my mom and dad were children everybody in the country used "cupping" to fight common flu, pneumonia and some other illnesses. Moreover, that therapy were used for common therapeuticial massage earlier and now.
    I still remember when as soon as I got a flu my grandma always did "cupping" as a cure. These cups were being sold in a drug stores all over the country. :-)
    That technique wasn`t very complicated: all you had to do is just to make low pressure inside the cup and stick it to the body.
    Children hated that treatment because all their friends were joking over a "treated persons" seeing that stains all over their backs.
    The most favourite treatment for flu for me was warm milk with raspberry jam (a lot of jam :-))) ) or honey.
    When I saw the picture of Phelps`s back I remembered I still have some these cups at home... their "age" is... I don`t know but they are definitly older than me.

    I took a picture of it but I don`t know how to attach it... :-)))
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 15, 2016 9:28 PM GMT
    I this what they did to George III?