We all know that cups can be used for drinking beverages, storing loose odds and ends and even as “place holders” for that MIA vase when surprised with flowers, but did you know cups can also be used to cure aches, pains, fertility problems and even cellulite?
Cupping is apparently one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine and one of the weirdest Hollywood health fads out there. This “medicine” is known for its ability to alleviate headaches, abdominal pain, arthritis, and even depression.
If this really is the case then why aren’t all doctors prescribing rounds of cupping sessions instead of writing out prescriptions for antibiotics?
Of course when Hollywood bigwigs caught wind of this “cure-all” practice, they just had to call up their nearest holistic doctors and schedule their cupping appointment immediately!
Celebrities such as David Arquette, Victoria Beckham, Denise Richards and Gwyneth Paltrow are all frequenters to Ikea their natural practitioners and while some of them may not have come right out and said so, it’s easy to spot a “cupper” for the practice leaves large circular bruises on your skin that will disappear a few days following treatment. How sexy.
There are three types of cupping techniques:
Dry cupping, (that doesn’t sound scandalous at all, now does it) where glass cups are warmed, creating a suction that is then placed over a specific area on the body so as to cure its ailment. When the warmed glass is placed on the skin, the lack of oxygen creates a vacuum, drawing the skin upward, which is believed to open skin pores, helping stimulate blood flow.
Wet cupping involves puncturing the skin before placing the cups on the body. The vacuum pulls a small amount of blood from the patient, which is thought to remove harmful toxins from the body (ah! Maybe that’s why celebrities are obsessed with this practice).
The third type of cupping is “air” cupping. Instead of heating the glass to form the suction, a pump is attached to the cup creating the vacuum that has the “ability” to open pores. During a treatment several cups may be placed on the body and left there for five to ten minutes.
Sounds like some weird Ancient Egyptian bloodletting ceremony. These days it sounds as if the only way one can “enter” Hollywood is by having some sort of wacky procedure done.
So did Jessica Simpson rid herself of asthma and congestion after using the technique? It’s hard to say, but many doctors warn that this celebrity health fad is not only a waste of money but a waste of time as well. Some doctors even believe this practice could potentially spread serious and dangerous diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis A and B.
If you are still dead set on using your new purchase from Pottery Barn to alleviate your back pain or insect bites, because you idolize Gwyneth Paltrow, do proceed with caution. Researching reputable practitioners is a must because cupping is not as easy as it sounds (or in other words, go to a professional, leave your new glasses for drinking and entertaining only).
Tori Spelling had to make sure that she didn’t have a high fever or any allergic skin conditions prior to getting the procedure done. Using a practitioner who isn’t a highly skilled “cupper” can increase the chances of you getting an infection and not getting the results you’re looking for.
Clearly cupping will always be a widely debated topic, it’s up to you as to whether or not you would like to use your cups for an ice cold glass of lemonade, or suctions for your body. The choice is yours.
On another note, see what GiGi thinks about snack attacks
About the Author: Spunky and quirky. Those are only two of the many adjectives that describe GiGi Dubois, the comedic host of two shows on YouTube: GiGi Eats Celebrities and GiGi Eats Groceries. When not gnawing on celebs, she can be found writing for her blog of the same name and performing stand-up comedy around Hollywood (I know why that chicken REALLY crossed the road). GiGi also spends a multitude of her days cruising down red (blue, yellow, purple?) carpets rubbing shoulders with some Hollywood big wigs and chatting it up one-on-one with movie, TV and pop stars. Dubbed the love child from a crazy threesome involving Chelsea Handler, Joel McHale and Kelly Ripa, it’s only a matter of time before her unpredictable personality spreads nationally… Or not. Ah ha ha ha!