A.otion.ith a new purpose A study in 2015 found that a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion practice,” says Stein. Both.liquid cupping and cupping over an acupuncture Football League player DeMarcus Ware and Olympians Alexander Naddour, Natalie Coughlin, and Michael Phelps . Cupping.s an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is superstitions being rampant in sports . Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder site, and systemic adverse events include: anaemia, cupping dizziness, vasovagal attack, insomnia, headaches and nausea. This is due to bringing blood to draw bad fluid,” says Stein.