Cupping popular in Wichita before Olympics

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You probably noticed the circle dots on Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps. It comes from a therapy called cupping

"A lot of Asian countries, middle eastern countries, they do this a lot," said Dr. Kitty Wong-Robertson, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

She says cupping has been around for thousands of years

"It helps with the muscles a lot," said Dr. Wong-Robertson. "If you have muscle issue, cupping is the best."

She says it wasn't until Michael Phelps and other Olympic athletes had the circle bruises that it got significant attention in the states.

Catie Garrison started cupping about eight months ago to help her fibromyalgia.

"If she's black and blue, fantastic. Yeah, we want her to be black and blue," said Dr. Wong-Robertson.

"it's not painful but it hurts a little bit. I mean, it's pulling the skin," said Garrison.

Dr. Wong-Robertson says the procedure pulls to the surface, toxins that are deep inside the muscle.

"You definitely feel the sensation of suction," said Steve Sherbenou with his face buried in a pillow. He's been doing this for more than two years.

"It doesn't hurt, it's just, you just know it's there," said Sherbenou.

Sherbenou, like Garrison, was a little leery at first.

"I wondered how in the world this could do anything, but I feel the results every time," said Sherbenou.

"After the first cupping, nothing that day, but the next day I had more energy and the day after that I had more energy. That's all I needed. I'm a believer," said Garrison.

After just a few minutes the bruises are obvious and stick around for days, but what they say sticks around longer, is the freedom from pain.

"It works," said Garrison. "I don't care what it looks like as long as I feel better. I have felt bad for too long."

Dr. Wong-Robertson says cupping is not for everyone. She says people with cancer or people who do not have a lot of muscle should avoid this treatment.