Jennifer Aniston and Lena Dunham love cupping but what is it?

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From Gwyneth Paltrow to Lena Dunham, celebrities are singing the benefits of a cupping treatment. But does it work?

Jennifer Aniston shows cupping marks

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Jennifer Aniston caused a stir last year when she appeared on the red carpet with visible cupping marks on her back from the alternative medicine. But she is not alone.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Simpson and now Lena Dunham are all fans...

What is cupping

Used for cleansing and detoxing, the Chinese medicine practice is where something flammable like alcohol or herbs are put in cups made of glass or bamboo and then set fire to.

When the fire goes out, the cups are put immediately placed on the back which as the air cools, creates a vacuum – sucking at the skin.

It is believed this will increase blood flow and remove toxins from the body to promote healing.

It is used for general detoxing, to help muscle tension and some even argue that it helps with fertility issues (insert Aniston baby speculation), anxiety, eczema, acne, and migraines.

Pro cuppers say its good for you, both mentally and physically, but many are sceptical as there is little scientific evidence to back up the claims.

Does it work?

Not ones to shy away from giving the latest celeb trends a bash - our intrepid reporter Jenny McFarlane has tried it. Isn't she brave?

"Cupping has a very gentle suction feeling and isn't at all painful if done correctly. The cups are sucked of oxygen by a flame and placed on the skin to draw blood to the surface. I felt very relaxed after it and the feeling was very tension releasing," explains Jenny.

"It's good if you find yourself a little stressed, or going through a tough time emotionally. I had bad back pain, connected to stress and it helped me with that too. The ring marks went away within 1 - 2 days and there was definitely no pain involved. It was really enjoyable - almost like a massage."

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