! D E L A E RE V Celebrity Health Secrets By Marianella Orlando
t may look as though your favorite celebrity has reversed the hands of time, and indeed, with a team of personal chefs, trainers and fitness gurus on their payroll, it’s no wonder they’re continually defying their age. While we all can’t afford the many lavish amenities of stardom, there are ways celebrities 40 and up are staying in remarkable shape, retaining flawless skin and staying healthy without a whopping bankroll. Whether you’ve heard of the terms “holistic,” “alternative,” “integrative” or “complementary” medicine, they all fall under the same umbrella of nonstandard practices. And who wouldn’t be quicker to jump on an anti-aging or stress-killing solution than a celebrity? These work, people. According to the National Center
for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), these traditional remedies are a group of diverse medical and health care systems, products and practices that aren’t typically part of conventional medicine. They may seem a bit offbeat and possibly fall out of your comfort zone, but many celebrities swear by them— with stellar results to show for it.
Chinese Cupping Earlier this year, Jennifer Aniston stepped on the red carpet with a simple up-do, glowing make-up, toned body, stylish dress and, most importantly, circular marks on her back. The irritated blotches were a result of Chinese cupping, an ancient Eastern therapy dating back to 300 AD. Cupping, as a form of acupuncture, is based on cups creating suction to
draw and hold skin, which brings blood to the surface. The therapy is believed to optimize health by stimulating blood flow, relieving muscle pain and drawing Qi—pronounced “chi”—energy to the area. During a typical cupping session, cups (glass, plastic, rubber or bamboo) are placed on specific acupuncture points. A flame is briefly placed inside the cups before applied to the skin for the heat to create a vacuum. The cup is suctioned to the skin for 15 to 20 minutes, drawing blood to areas where it’s most needed to relieve stress. The only side effects seem to be the large marks left behind from the suction of the cups, but the actual procedure is painless. Chinese cupping is believed to be beneficial for arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders and respiratory
Healthy Living • 2014