Chinese athletes left with huge spots after ‘cupping’ therapy

It might look like a giant case of chicken pox but in fact this Olympic swimmer is hoping her spots will lead her to a place on the medal podium.

Chinese swimmer Wang Qun was doing some last minute training in Beijing with marks left by cupping - a Chinese medicine technique to relieve ailments including back neck and shoulder pain.

Wang Qun's cupping marks are clear to see while she trains at the National Aquatics Centre with just a few days to the games to go.

The procedure is said to move the energy, or 'qi', in the body and is used widely in folk medicine in eastern European and Asia.

It is performed by placing cups onto the skin by way of either heat or suction.

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The spots are a tell tale sign of the treatment.

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The swimmer limbers up at the pool following her treatment. The technique is said to help shoulder pain which swimmers in particular can be susceptible to.

The technique works by creating a vacuum inside a cup by inserting a flame, removing it and quickly placing the cup on to the body before the vacuum is lost.

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"Anchorman The Legend of Ron Burgundy"- New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals
The Museum of Television & Radio
New York City, New York United states
July 7, 2004
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Gwyneth Paltrow includes cupping as one of the many alternative therapies she uses.

A number of celebrities are fans of this form of acupuncture including Geri Haliwell Paris Hilton and Gwyneth Paltrow - who have even been spotted sporting the tell-tale circular marks herself.

Miss Paltrow made no secret of her preference for the remedy when she appeared at a New York premiere several years ago covered in the large circular spots

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