I have a pretty low tolerance for whatever “holistic” remedy is currently trending. I realize that might make me a pariah in general, but I’ve always believed that if you’re feeling rough, you should take an Advil, drink a glass of water and get a good night’s sleep. That’s my cure-all for most things. But I don’t have more money than God and too much time on my hands like many celebrities. That’s why I find Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goopy advice so annoying so often – it’s not just that she’s a snob, a smug elitist deigning to advise peasants on The Wisdom of Goop. It’s that more often than not, her advice is bullsh-t. She has too much money and too much time and she creates problems just to find convoluted solutions.
This cupping thing is a good example. Gwyneth was “cupping” years ago. And Jennifer Aniston revealed cupping marks last week at the premiere of Lifetime’s Call Me Crazy. To me, the idea of cupping seems about as wise as putting leeches on your body to suck out an illness. Go ahead and yell at me! I can take it. Anyway, Grazia (via The Mail) has a theory as to why Jennifer Aniston is “cupping”: to promote her fertility! Because at the age of 44, Jennifer has no use for “science” to help her conceive.
She hit headlines when she was spotted with cupping marks on her back at a film premiere earlier this month. But now it has been claimed the 44-year-old actress could be relying on the ancient Asian therapy in a bid to boost her fertility. According to reports, Jennifer has been looking at different natural ways to increase her chances of conceiving a baby with her fiancé Justin Theroux.
A source told Grazia magazine: ‘Jennifer has always said she wants to conceive naturally and is very open to exploring alternative therapies to help her.’
The source also revealed that Jennifer has been inspired by 46-year-old Halle Berry’s recent pregnancy announcement, adding: ‘It was Gwyneth Paltrow who told her how cupping can encourage fertility.’
And cupping expert Boniface Verney-Carron said that while cupping can’t help women who have a medical reason preventing them from conceiving, it can help those looking for a boost in heir bid to conceive.
She added to the publication: ‘The basic idea of cupping is to drag toxins out of the body and to bring fresh blood flow, which eases congestion, boosts circulation and reduces stress and tension. So it’s brilliant for treating infertility – in particular unexplained fertility. It can help women who are seemingly healthy, and their partners are healthy, but for some reason they’re still not getting pregnant. In the clinic, we often find these women are carrying stress or tension in a certain part of the body. Fertility cupping is usually part of a session involving acupuncture or osteopathic work to ease congestion and stress, which increases their chances of falling pregnant.’
Meanwhile, Dr Saud Hadi from the British Acupuncture Council said that the placing of Jennifer’s marks – either side of her spine – also suggest she is having the therapy to boost her fertility. Jennifer displayed the cupping marks on her back as she arrived at the Los Angeles screening of Call Me Crazy. It appeared Jennifer had hoped to disguise them with some foundation, but the too pale colour showed up under the paparazzi’s flashes.
The thing is, I actually believe that Jennifer probably did “cup” as a holistic way to rid her body of toxins and to get healthier, etc. She’s like Gwyneth Paltrow in that way – you could sell either of them anything if you labeled it “holistic” or “all-natural” or “exclusive”. Maybe Jennifer really did do it to promote her fertility too. But honestly, how long do we have to keep talking about Jennifer’s fertility? I thought we were nearing the end and then BAM! Halle Berry struck and now we’re going to have to do YEARS more Bump Watching on Jennifer. It just seems like… if Jennifer wanted a baby, she would have a baby. She would just do it, either by pregnancy or by adoption or surrogacy or whatever. She has the money and the time. That’s never been the issue. The issue is the inclination.
Meanwhile, The Mail is also reporting that JustJen’s wedding is being postponed, but they aren’t breaking up or anything. They just can’t agree on what kind of wedding they want to have and they’re too lazy to figure something out, I guess. A source says, “Jen and Justin have been totally relaxed about the wedding planning. They’re looking forward to the wedding, but they have different ideas about the actual wedding itself. It’s not to do with them as a couple, they’re madly in love. Every time you see them they’ve got their arms around each other. Jen wants something bigger with all their friends, Justin would just like something a bit more intimate. At this point, we’re expecting the wedding to be at the end of the summer, just before Labor Day Weekend.” Maybe they’re just waiting to see when Brangelina goes through with their wedding…? NO, of course not!
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