Lena Dunham's Crazy Bruises: Would You Try Her Cupping 'Cure'?

The 'Girls' star posted a gory-looking photo to Instagram -- and we suspect we know what's behind it

Yikes! Lena Dunham posted a scary-looking photo to Instagram showing what appears to be bruises all over her back. But -- especially given her caption, which said only “Da Cure” -- we suspect we know what the marks represent.

It appears Dunham is the latest celeb to adopt -- and whole-heartedly embrace -- the trend of cupping. For the uninitiated, cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy intended to detoxify the body, increase circulation and promote general wellness. It involves placing glass cups or bamboo jars on the skin that create suction when heat is applied -- and leave those recognizable round marks wherever they were placed.

Dunham joins other high-profile celebs who have turned up on red carpets covered in the marks, including Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow. When Jennifer Aniston appeared at the Call Me Crazy premiere in Los Angeles just last April, she appeared to try to conceal the cupping remnants on her back with makeup.

L.A.-based Kerri Kasem, TV and radio host (and yes, daughter of Casey), has been a cupping fan and for more than 15 years, and says she receives palpable benefits. “When you’re finished, it feels amazing. You feel completely loose and relaxed immediately.”

Kasem says the boost in circulation is great for sore muscles, which is why it’s popular among people who spend a lot of time, say, working on their fitness -- like celebs --and may be one reason it’s gaining popularity among the Hollywood set. “I remember people used to post photos and no one knew what the bruising was all about, but now there’s a much bigger awareness,” Kasem says. And she thinks that’s a good thing: “When done right, it’s a healthier alternative to pain meds."

While cupping may be hot in Hollywood, not everyone around the country is sold on the idea. “Made me gasp,” and “I’m afraid,” are just a sampling of the comments posted on Dunham’s Instagram image -- along with many others in support of the ancient tradition, like “Cupping is a godsend.”

So let us know where you stand in the comments: Would you or have you tried cupping? 

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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