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More Bizarre beauty treatments

Fire treatment is supposedly widely practiced in China and is a commonly accepted form of alternative therapy.

Towels soaked in alcohol and a “secret elixir” are placed onto a problem area of the body (including the face) and set on fire for several seconds before being extinguished with another cloth. The treatment claims to help with a host of issues ranging from waking up a dull complexion to curing the common cold, not to mention obesity. One medical professional speculates that a possible reason for lighting an object on fire on top of your body is that “extreme heat triggers an adrenaline response which can shift your body’s chemistry, improving some symptoms like indigestion and slow metabolism.” We advise sticking with tried and true treatments that are backed by medical studies.

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