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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 . . .

LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 5 years 14 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 5 years 14 weeks
Haha! Insanitypepper you always crack me up. I've never heard of this before. d
TammyO TammyO 5 years 14 weeks
Allytta, I would be embarassed too if my culture embraced this practice indeed.
guavajelly guavajelly 5 years 15 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
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years 15 weeks
Agree Chloe...I'd rather deal with some bruising than horrendous side effects from some medications people are so eager to take.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years 15 weeks
Lol. I agree with chloe bella.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years 15 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 5 years 15 weeks
this sounds so interesting, i would definitely try it. better than loading up on pills to cure every ailment.
jessvogel85 jessvogel85 5 years 15 weeks
The picture looks very uncomfortable! I don't think I could handle it.
JennyJK JennyJK 5 years 15 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 5 years 15 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 5 years 15 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 5 years 15 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 5 years 15 weeks
Sounds scary!
blueleo32 blueleo32 5 years 15 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?
insanitypepper insanitypepper 5 years 15 weeks
Hmm, maybe after my next bloodletting.
Mila_83 Mila_83 5 years 15 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 5 years 15 weeks
Does it hurt? I want to try acupuncture and maybe this too.