LOS ANGELES -- If you have pain in your back or shoulders you may want to try an ancient chinese medicine technique that seems to be catching on like wildfire.
Have you seen those wierd circular bruises on the back of Gwenyth Paltrow? Lisa Rinna has them, even Britney Spears.
Seems like cupping is taking hollywood by storm, so what it is exactly? Licensed acupuncturist Eugene Iwasa says cupping is great. It's been used for centuries and it's a way to circulate energy in the body to relieve pain and dicomfort.
It works for some internal disorders but cupping is mostly used for pain and stiffness in the back, neck, and shoulders. And it's not just for the hollywood elite. Chris Joseph is having apin in his shoulders but instead of popping a pill he's going to his acupuncturist to get cupped.
Here's how it works... a small falme is briefly put in a glass jar, or cup, to create a vacuum. The cup is then placed onthe area of the body that's in pain. The suction force brings the blood to the surface of the skin and that helps with circulation which will help alleviate pain and stiffness.
Joseph says that usually within a day or so he feels relief from the pain.
It's basically painless and the circular brusies usually go away within a week, after he gets a whole lot of attention. He says his boys at home always laugh and joke about the odd looking bruises.
He says it's worth it because it's a natural way to alleviate pain.
For more information on cupping go to itmonline.org/arts/cupping.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times