If you are Gwyneth Paltrow or Jennifer Aniston, cupping therapy is nothing new to you and you proudly show off your cupping marks at Red Carpet events. What is cupping you ask, and does it have anything to do with bra cups? It’s the latest celebrity health fad and it’s associated with Chinese medicine. Chinese cupping is a form of acupuncture, and is based on the idea that suction from the cups draws the skin up and mobilizes blood and energy around the body which can help everything from muscle pain to cellulite and depression.
The journal PLOS ONE, published a review finding that cupping may also be effective on conditions such as acne, facial paralysis and herpes when combined with other treatments such as acupuncture. As part of your visit to the acupuncturist or as a solo therapy, these are 10 reasons why you should try cupping therapy.
1. Turbo-Charge Acupuncture
Even though the two modalities may seem completely unrelated, studies show that a combination of Chinese cupping and acupuncture will yield the best results.
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