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Ismat Tahseen, TNN | Jun 2, 2013, 12.00 AM IST Want the hot new cupping trend? The 'sucking skin' fad is hailed as the new detoxifying treatment and pain reliever among celebs. If you see someone sporting a backless dress and marks that look like a round, red bruise, don't ask them what's wrong just yet. It's not a sign of abuse or injury, but the telltale marks are about a new fad that has caught the fancy of the West and may well be the next big thing here, too. It's called 'Cupping Therapy'. Jennifer Aniston showed off her cupping marks in a strapless top at the premiere of the film Call Me Crazy on April and she's not the only one to try it out. Victoria Beckham and now Denise Richards have all displayed cupped backs too. So, what's making folks go back to this ancient Chinese medicine technique? timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Cupping-therapy.

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18 APRIL 2013   Hello Magazine

Due to the strapless cut of her tuxedo playsuit,

onlookers were quick to spot circular marks on

Jennifer Aniston's back as she stepped out for

the premiere of her latest film Call Me Crazy on

Tuesday night. 

The tell-tale marks were a reult of a detox therapy

 called 'cupping', a practice that the Hollywood

actress, who is engaged to her moviestar beau

Justin Theroux, has said to have used for over

six years.

An ancient

alternative to

body pampering,

the therapy uses

cups which are

placed on the

skin to extract

impurities from

the body as well

as help with

everything from circulation to neck and

shoulder pain.

The cups can be made of a variety of materials,

including glass, bamboo and earthenware. They are

heated and then placed along the back and, as the

cups cool, they create a vacuum against the skin

which stimulates blood flow. Each cup is generally

left in place for five to 10 minutes.

Although it appeared that the actress may have

attempted to cover up these round marks with a touch of

make-up, the after-effects of 'cupping' mean that the red

marks are usually still visible for between three to seven

days after treatment.

Jennifer isn't the only star to swear by cupping — other

celebrity fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Simpson

and Jennifer's ex-husband Brad Pitt. Speaking to Oprah

about the practice several years ago, Gwyneth said: "It

feels amazing and it's very relaxing."

Many users also believe that the treatment has the

ability to increase fertility.

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