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Have You Ever Tried Cupping Like Jessica and Gwyneth?


The value of Eastern medicine must have left a big impression on Jessica Simpson while filming The Price of Beauty earlier this year. On Sunday, the actress sent out several tweets about the work she was doing with healer Master Wang, founder of the Medicine Buddha Temple in San Francisco.

"Shocked my system with a vegan diet, special Pu-erh tea from China, and cupping since friday! Who am I right now? This might be too clean!"

Jessica went on to ask her Twitter followers if any of them have tried the 3,000-year-old acupressure therapy of cupping, saying "the meditation creates intense visions." Traditionally in cupping, glass cups are heated with fire to reduce air pressure and create a vacuum on the skin. The heated cups are placed onto the skin's surface and as the cup cools down, the skin is sucked up inside. More modern cupping does away with the flames and uses a mechanical suction pump to remove air from inside the cup. Cupping is believed to stimulate and/or restore blood flow to specific areas of the body to encourage balance and healing.

Jessica made a point to say that she wasn't doing any of this for weight loss. She tweeted that it was to understand her "body through hydration and alkalinty." She's not the only celeb to try cupping. In 2004, Gwyneth Paltrow showed up to a film premiere with a series of telltale bruises that are typical following a cupping procedure. Tell me . . .

4 years 6 weeks
After reading my post, I realized that the last part didn't make sense. I meant to say that since starting my accupunture treatments that include cupping, I have been able to stop taking about 5 of my medications. Additionally, the procedures have been able to help me control my migraines.
4 years 6 weeks
Although it may look disturbing,it is actually painless & relaxing. The bruises do not hurt at all & last a few days. It helps the doctor determine where imbalances & toxicities are in your body. The darker the bruise, the more toxic that side or area of your body is. The goal is to rid your body of the toxins through this technique & through adjusting your diet. I have done 6 times & plan to continue incorporating it into my accupuncture regime. I am a two time cancer survivor with chronic migraines, who at 43 was tired of taking the amount of pills my doctors kept putting me on. Since starting this, I have been about to stop (with my medical doctors' support & recommendation 5 different meds). I feel great - Don't knock it -till you try it.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 4 years 10 weeks
Sugar, this photo appears somewhat extreme. How many cups are used in a typical cupping? Also, I've never heard of "typical" bruising. I know some individuals that have had it done & they never said anything about bruising.
inlove23 inlove23 4 years 11 weeks
Haha! Insanitypepper you always crack me up. I've never heard of this before. d
TammyO TammyO 4 years 11 weeks
Allytta, I would be embarassed too if my culture embraced this practice indeed.
guavajelly guavajelly 4 years 11 weeks
I've had it done before and at the end all my sinus problems were cleared. It was the most relaxing thing, but for me it was very painful! I would do it again, the bruises go away in a week or so
4 years 11 weeks
I am all for it! I would try it in a second but, man, the picture is making me a bit queasy.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 4 years 11 weeks
Agree Chloe...I'd rather deal with some bruising than horrendous side effects from some medications people are so eager to take.
4 years 11 weeks
As an acupuncturist, I'm a really big fan of using cupping to help with respiratory issues and muscle soreness. And since a lot of cupping is done near the spine, it can increase blood flow around the spinal cord and improve circulation, which helps with general well-being. The unsightly blotches dissipate more quickly than a typical bruise. It can be really relaxing, like a massage, depending on how your practitioner does it. Highly recommended!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 4 years 11 weeks
Lol. I agree with chloe bella.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 4 years 11 weeks
I've never tried it, but I agree with Allyta - why all the negativity? It's so funny how in Western culture, invasive surgeries and pills with horrible side effects are deemed "safe," but then people look at this and freak out because it causes bruising.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 4 years 11 weeks
this sounds so interesting, i would definitely try it. better than loading up on pills to cure every ailment.
jessvogel85 jessvogel85 4 years 11 weeks
The picture looks very uncomfortable! I don't think I could handle it.
JennyJK JennyJK 4 years 11 weeks
I do believe it increases blood flow, you're pretty much just causing a bunch of bruising on yourself. When you're injured a bunch of blood will flow to the area to help it heal. It's not really anything complicated. I guess, maybe it can make you feel better?? I don't know. But the whole idea is centered around causing injury (admittedly a very mild one.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 4 years 11 weeks
I've never seen it done as intensely as in the picture, but I have seen it have good results. I would try it if the opportunity arose. I think it increases blood flow? Either way, if it works, it works!
Allytta Allytta 4 years 11 weeks
yeap Americans, why all the making fun of this? Eastern cultures have embarrassed this practice for centuries, but somehow you guys need all the explanations?
Mouzzer Mouzzer 4 years 11 weeks
I've had a couple of treatments from my acupuncturist and yeah, it was good...it certainly did no harm, but I actually find acupuncture alone with appropriate/seasonal foods to be enough to keep meridians flowing in a healthful way for general health benefits. It is particular helpful for chest congestion as in the cold/allergies and uterine congestion as in fibroids and clots.
classysassy classysassy 4 years 11 weeks
Sounds scary!
blueleo32 blueleo32 4 years 11 weeks
I have not heard of using cupping to lose weight. My parents and family have used cupping when they were sick. It is very common in my Asian family. I am no doctor, so I can't explain how it works, but it does seem to heal you when your are sick with the flu. This is less painful than coining. I also find it funny how many people make fun of practices they don't understand. I think this should be viewed like how Vicks is used. Makes you feel good, but can you explain why?
4 years 11 weeks
I worked as a pharmaceutical sales rep for four years & obviously believe in western medicine. But when my upper back started hurting like crazy, I thought I would try cupping (it was my acupuncturists recommendation). First of all, she only put 3 cups on me (not 20, like in the picture above). And it didn't give me any "intense visions." It wasn't the most comfortable thing in the world, but I was shocked by how much it helped my back pain! To anyone who's considering it, drink LOTS of water after you get the treatment....and for me, the pain relief started the following morning. Hope this helps!
4 years 11 weeks
@insanitypepper: LOL. Definitely.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 4 years 11 weeks
Hmm, maybe after my next bloodletting.
4 years 11 weeks
I have to wonder how this could possibly help with anything. Can sometime explain how this works? I am open to alternative medicine, but I am reminded of the fact that the placebo effect is 40% effective! Still open to learning about this though.. who knows, maybe it does help.
Mila_83 Mila_83 4 years 11 weeks
Cupping is actually very common in many cultures - this is a #1 treatment when you have cold,specially bronchitis. When I was little it worked every time. Usually I would get it at night and in the morning the fever was gone. The only disadvantage - dark blue circles on your back stay for about 2 days,so no backless tops:) It does not hurt,in fact it relaxes your muscles and you just feel sleepy and weak,however the next day you feel like a newborn:)
fleurfairy fleurfairy 4 years 11 weeks
Does it hurt? I want to try acupuncture and maybe this too.