At first glance it appears actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Britney Spears took a nasty beating on the red carpet. Before you speculate, Dr. John Zahng an acupuncture specialist in Needham solves the mystery…It turns out these celebrities are fans of cupping therapy, a Chinese treatment commonly used with acupuncture.

“It increases the circulation to the area, it reduces the tension I have from all the stress in my life,” Linda Sheppard says. It can also be used to relieve cold, cough and asthmatic symptoms. Cupping can aid aching shoulders and backs, as well.

FOX25, MyFoxBoston; Boston, Massachusetts; July 20