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Olympic Endorsements of Pseudoscience – “cupping”

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Posted 15 August 2016

If you’ve been watching the Olympics, along with looking on in awe at the athletes’ almost superhuman feats, you might also be looking on in confusion at a lot of large, circular bruises adorning some of the athletes’ bodies. Those marks are from an alt-med practice known as “cupping,” in which the flow of ones’ vital life force is somehow corrected by means of the suction of heated glass bowls applied to the skin. Not only does this practice have no medical or scientific basis, but it can be quite dangerous, causing burns and infections.

In some of the coverage during the run-up to the games, some athletes have been extolling what they see as the benefits of other pseudoscientific treatments such as homeopathy, acupuncture, and the proud display of kinesiology tape.

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Cupping therapy – ASA ruling

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Posted 20 May 2014

Dr Maroula Lambis t/a Holistic Healthcare, made claims that “cupping therapy” can “improve[es] circulation by removing toxins, congestion and inflammation … brings nutrient rich blood to the affected area, facilitating the body’s healing process”, for which a consumer laid a complaint with the ASA arguing that there is no evidence that these claims are true. As Dr Lambis could not supply proof that the claims could be proven, the ASA ruled against the claims. Now a consumer complained that the claims continue to be made, this being a breach of the previous ASA ruling. The ASA agreed.

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Cupping therapy – what nonsense?

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Posted 11 September 2013

A consumer lodged a consumer complaint against Dr Maroula Lambis’s print advertising appearing in the Cape Times during July 2013.

DrMaroulaLambisThe advertisement provides a quick description of what the practice of “cupping therapy” entails, and explains that this, inter alia, “improve[es] circulation by removing toxins, congestion and inflammation … brings nutrient rich blood to the affected area, facilitating the body’s healing process”.

It also specifically lists the following conditions under the heading “Cupping Therapy”: “Joint pain • Muscular tension • Sports injuries • Colds, flu, asthma • Anxiety, stress • Detoxification • Headache, sinusitis • Migraine • IBS, indigestion”

The complainant submitted that there is little evidence that dry-cupping (the procedure advertised) has any efficacy in treating any symptoms.

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