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Cupping: it's as silly as homeopathy

(Donald Clarke, Irish Times) re’s what you need to know about cupping therapy: the International Olympic Committee allows it. That organisation prohibits steroids, meldonium and crack cocaine. It permits snake handling, prayer circles and aura reading.
I don’t suppose anybody has bothered to ask if the IOC has a problem with athletes smacking themselves in the face with knobbly sticks. Why would they? Such lunacy would generate bruises without leading to any concomitant improvement in performance. You know? Like cupping therapy. The practice is not physiotherapy; it is defined as an alternative medicine. So why hasn’t the IOC banned it? Because it doesn’t do anything. Were you not listening?
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