What is the Cupping Craze?

PHOTO: Celebrity CuppingPHOTO: Celebrity Cupping

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For the past year or so, I have been seeing celebrities with big red rings on their back, from Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet to Lena Dunham posting her cupped back on instagram. Celebrities are flocking to this Ancient Chinese tradition and showing off their marks…so what is causing these marks?
Cupping!!! 

 So what is cupping? Well since I am not a doctor,  I went to my friend WebMD, to get you well-rounded understanding.

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, such as : Glass, Bamboo, Earthenware.

Cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups can mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

  Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Acne
Facial paralysis
Cervical spondylosis
Blood Circulation
and more!

Types of Cupping Therapy

There are various types of cupping therapy, like dry cupping which is suction only or Wet cupping which is a combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes practitioners use medical-grade silicone cups. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage like effect.

During wet cupping, a mild suction is created using a cup that is left in place for about three minutes. The practitioner then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make superficial skin incisions. Then he or she performs a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.

After the procedure, the site may be covered with an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. The skin’s appearance generally returns to normal within 10 days.

Cupping therapy supporters believe that wet cupping removes harmful substances and toxins from the body to promote healing.

Is this something you are rushing to go get?

Some Nay-sayers: 

According to WebMD ” In general, Western medical societies are skeptical of the health claims made by cupping therapy supporters. “Available scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or any other disease,” states the American Cancer Society. “Reports of successful treatment with cupping are mainly anecdotal rather than from research studies.”

But a 2012 study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that cupping therapy may have more than a placebo effect. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping therapy published between 1992 and 2010. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when combined with other treatments like acupuncture or medications in treating various diseases and conditions.”

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Best friends to the rescue.

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“Heatherrrr….MAKE ME PRETTY! 🙂 ” This is often what is said on an evening going out together. I am over getting ready myself and having a best friend that is a hair and makeup artist, is very helpful! Heather knows how to make my cheeks look perfect ( I have always had cheeks…so I am obsessed with appearing to having cheek bones) She also highlights my eyebrows and creases my eyelids to give me the Heather touch.

Heathers Touch.

1. Make up- She highlights the bottom of my eyebrow with a light concealer and blends. IT’S AMAZING!

2. Always crease your lid even with a very light color but always crease your lid!!

3. Hair- I am nuts when it comes to my hair. Day to day, I am the easiest no fuss hair but when it comes to getting it cut or dyed, it’s a whole other story. She knows how to deal with me, or just knows to always have a stiff cocktail when discussing my hair.* Must have Wispy ends, Paul Mitchell PM shine. I order mine on Amazon. I rarely use hair product… which annoys most hairstylist.

3. Nails- . Always use TWO top coats.  I always make sure of it when I am at the nail salon. It makes it last so much longer!

My other best friend Nina is an esthetician and makeup artist. She has been doing my eyebrows since she was 16. When her brother moved out to college, her mom turned his room into a full on beauty room. IT WAS AMAZING! She had all the professional products and we loved using them.  She is very strict, she will just start glaring at my brows and then blurt out ” you have man brows” or “Didn’t I teach you better” “COME HERE” That is when I know, I have gone to long. Then she makes me get all perfected. I sometimes  stop and say ” they look great, we are done” She glares and tells me to stay still and follows with ” don’t you want perfect brows, now stop being a baby”. All in the most loving of ways lol. She has no tolerance for bad brows.She waxes,threads and dyes my brows, when we are together. We are in a long distance relationship from Sf-SD.

What I have learned from Nina- When filling in your brows,start at your arch and follow down to the end. Do not over pluck or wax, fuller brows is better then no brows. Try to always make sure your hair and brows some what match. Black brows with bleached out hair is not the best look. Do not wax,if you use any Rentin-A products. Or stop using them for four days and then wax.

Nothing better than great girlfriends…especially ones with beautifying talent!

Now I need a massage therapist friend!!