Slimming patches seem to be the flavour of the month these days, so we thought we’d grab a sample pack and see what all the fuss was about.
We chose KIYESKI Body-care and Body-shaping Electrostatic Physiotherapeutic Plaster, mainly because any packaging that states, ‘This product is mainly applicable to the crowds with big-bellied waist and abdomen, bloated and hypertrophy lower limbs, etc.’
a) deserves a closer look and,
b) deserves a better writer.
So we looked into KIYESKI Body-care and Body-shaping Electrostatic Physiotherapeutic Plaster because we had no idea what on earth an electrostatic physiotherapeutic plaster was … or how it shaped a body. Or crowds of bodies as the case may be.
And this is what we found.
Slimming patches in general are designed to contain ingredients which boost metabolism, burn fat and suppress appetite.
Any weight loss ingredients in slimming patches enter the bloodstream through the skin, bypassing the digestive system altogether. This can reduce the risk of kidney and liver damage, but much depends on the ingredients themselves. There is absolutely no way to regulate how much of any slimming ingredient in weight loss patches will enter through your skin.
Side effects may include skin irritation, redness, rash, burning and itching. Other physical side effects can include digestive upset, irregular heartbeat and dizziness, while mental and emotional side effects can include depression and confusion. One ingredient – carnitine – can cause a distinctly fishy odour in urine, breath and sweat.
So much depends on who you’re buying them from: there doesn’t appear to be a specific sales page for them – well, there wouldn’t be because there doesn’t appear to be a manufacturer’s website for them, either! However, you can pick up boxes of patches from Malaysia at around $2.35 on Lelong.com … from Bulgaria on eBay for $3.63 or so … or from Metrodeal in Manila for about $3.76.
We couldn’t find anything in the way of evidence to support any weight-loss claims for these patches, so we have to assume there hasn’t been much in the way of testing done on them.
We don’t like the idea of rashes – especially round the navel. They can develop into something a lot more uncomfortable, depending on what you happen to be wearing at the time.
We’re not too sure how much of what ingredient filters through the skin and into the bloodstream because we’re not certain what the ingredients are in the first place – we’ve had to take the word of one website, but there’s no way of knowing how accurate their ingredient list is.
And how long would we have to wear these things for before we get to see any measurable results? One sales page tells us we’ll ‘see results in just one month’. For us, that’s a long time to wait, so for all these reasons, we’re definitely rejecting Kiyeski Plasters – and hope you will, too.
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One thing that really put us off diet patches of any kind was the fact that way back in 2004, the first company the Federal Trade Commission ever charged with sending illegal spam mail was a company that sold – you guessed it – diet patches. So that wasn’t a very good start, at least not as far as we’re concerned.
Moving right along, Kiyeski patches are described as ‘physiotherapeutic’ – a mouthful in itself, but entirely inaccurate with it: physiotherapy is described as, quote: ‘the treatment or management of physical disability, malfunction, or pain by physical techniques, as exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, etc.’. (Thank you, Free Dictionary).
Stick a patch on your navel for 8 hours, particularly before sleeping for maximum efficacy.
Sounds simple enough.
We can’t find any evidence of physical techniques as described, and in no other online description of the meaning of physiotherapy can we find the word ‘patch’.
We also can’t find any specific website for Kiyeski Plasters, and we wonder whether or not we should be surprised at that.
Whether we’re surprised or not at the lack of specific website, it means we’ve got no clear idea of the ingredients contained in these patches – and that’s something we don’t like at all.
We’re quoting this directly from the packaging:
KIYESKI Body-care and Body-shaping Plaster shall produce biological regulating action on human skin and acupoints through the local sticking, acupoint application, high voltage electrostatic field generated relying on the electrostatic under the continued function of the specific strength and polarity’s electrostatic field, the local micro-circulation is improved, the vascular permeability is enhanced, alkalisation of the tissue environment is strengthened, and the tissue sustaining is improved.
So now you know.
Hard to say. The New York Obesity Nutrition Research Centre thinks not. They may sound like a good idea, but as far as the Director of the Obesity Centre was concerned when he was asked about the diet patch: ‘There is no evidence that it works. I think you are wasting your money.’ And who are we to argue?
We’ve got to hold up our hands and say we’re not certain whether this ingredient list we found on the web is entirely accurate. In general, patches are said to contain active ingredients like Guarana, Chromium and Garcinia, but this is what we’re told Kiyeski plasters contain:
There are more ingredients in that list, as in essential oils, release paper and, ominously, just ‘others’.
None of the above go very far to inspiring much confidence, but from the sound of it if a couple want a little enhanced mosquito-free outdoor lovin’, they could do worse than slap one of these patches onto (or between) their navels.
Good question. Again, if this list of ingredients is anywhere near accurate then many of the ingredients do have potential side effects … but since we don’t know for sure how much – or how many – of these ingredients actually make their way into the bloodstream we’re not in a position to warn you with any degree of accuracy.
However, we do know that putting a patch on your navel can cause skin problems, and as for what that patch contains…
Jojoba – we’re advised not to take it by mouth, and that it can cause problems like rashes and allergic reactions when applied to the skin.
Green Tea Powder – this can cause headaches, sleep problems, digestion problems, irritability dizziness, ringing in the ears, confusion and convulsion.
Evening Primrose Oil – this can cause digestive problems, depression, skin infections, reproductive problems in women, anxiety, depression and acne.
Carnitine – this is the substance that not only causes digestive problems and possible even seizure, but also causes the breath, sweat and urine to have a fishy smell.
Cocoa Butter can cause rashes.
Peppermint Oil – can cause allergic reactions such as flushing, headache and sores in the mouth.
Saffron – affects mood, lowers blood pressure and if taken in large amounts can worsen existing heart conditions.
Garcinia Cambogia – can cause digestive problems and headaches.
And as for those ‘others’, who knows?
Prohibited for those with skin redness and swelling, congestion, ulcer and damaged skin.
We wish we could say there were, but although many websites we’ve visited offer people the chance to write one, nobody’s taken up the offer – and as for one of our main sources of reviews, Amazon – not a single solitary one there.
That all depends on different distributors’ returns policy – there’s a good chance some do offer a guarantee of some kind, although we’ve yet to find one … but we suspect there’s no way you’re going to get your money back if they don’t work.
From eBay.com, where it appears in the category Home and Garden > Yard, Garden and Outdoor Living > Bird & Wildlife Accessories > Other Bird & Wildlife Acts … all the way from Plovdiv, Bulgaria for GBP 2.99 or US $3.68. Bird and wildlife accessories?
And there’s always the Kiyeski Facebook page.
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