Cupping trend: what it is and where to try it in Northern NJ

Michael Phelps was spotted with cupping marks on his back at the 2016 Rio OlympicsGetty/Thinkstock

Michael Phelps was spotted with cupping marks on his back at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Cupping is a form of acupuncture where a flammable liquid is lit in a glass cup. Once the flame is extinguished the drop in temperature creates suction allowing the cups to stick to the body. This suction improves blood flow and is supposed to help with muscle recovery. But, you’re left with the dark circle marks for three or four days.

Laughing because it hurts so bad. Gonna leave a mark! #AthleteLife

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Athletes aren’t the only ones using this unique therapy. Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Aniston have all been photographed with the marks as well. It’s not only meant for muscle recovery, but also pain relief, stress reduction, and slowing the aging process.

Real Housewives of Orange County star Shannon Beador swears by the practice and even showed a session on an episode this season.

Shannon even has her husband David testing it out.

But, not everyone agrees with the benefits though. Dr. Terry Dubrow appeared on Watch What Happens Live Monday night with his Botched by Nature co-star Dr. Paul Nassif claiming cupping doesn’t work. “It’s total BS,” he told Andy Cohen. “My wife [Heather Dubrow] and I do Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig. We test things out. We have a book coming out and we tried cupping and it’s BS.”

So, where can you go in New Jersey to try it out for yourself? Bergen Acupuncture Integrative Medicine Clinic in Glen Rock performs the therapy as well as Acupuncture Eden in Berkley Heights, and New Jersey Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Morristown.