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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Anna Wintour gets what she wants and she wants The Met Ball to be more exclusive!

Anna Wintour at the 2011 Met Ball

Anna Wintour at the 2011 Met Ball Photo: Getty

When I read this article, I had to share. Get the inside on the more exclusive Met Ball and this seasons theme.

 

Anna Wintour obviously wasn’t best pleased with the outcome of last year’s punk-themed Met Ball, because this year she wants it to be significantly more exclusive – hence the grand Charles James theme and White Tie dress code that was recently announced.

“Anna wants more exclusivity and high fashion,” a source tells The Hollywood Reporter, though points out that Kim Kardashian, who appears on the most recent US Vogue cover, will still get an invite.

Met Ball 2013: celebrities on the red carpet

It’s little surprise that Wintour wants this year’s event to be grander – it will mark the reopening of The Met’s famous Costume Institution, which has undergone a renovation since last year’s event and been renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center in honour of the editor.

As such, Wintour has hiked the ticket prices for the gala up by $10,000 – from $15,000 (£9,000) to $25,000 (£15,000) – and given stricter guest list guidelines. Men must wear black tails and top hats, while women will be expected to don James-esque ball gowns.

READ: Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘The Met Ball sucked’

So, who can we expect to make the cut? Lupita Nyong’o – current toast of Hollywood and the fashion world – will be in attendance to represent Prada, who dressed her for the Oscars. Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery will also partner with the Italian brand (she and Nyong’o share a stylist, Micaela Erlanger ). Zoe Saldana will be dressed by Prabal Gurung, Amanda Seyfried by Givenchy, Taylor Swift by J. Mendel, and Margot Robbie by Diane von Furstenberg, while Lanvin will host a “mystery celeb”. Actresses Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Watts, Jessica Pare and Allison Williams will also reportedly all be in attendance.

Despite the hefty ticket price, some stars could actually end up having a very lucrative night indeed. Rumour has it that some famous faces are being paid to represent lesser-known designers, and getting all of their travel, hotel and ticket costs covered.

Original article: Daily Telegraph newspaper