Count on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to help you shed those extra kilos sans surgery or weight-loss pills.

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Count on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to help you shed those extra kilos sans surgery or weight-loss pills.

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As we age, our metabolism slows and we find it harder to lose weight – a problem compounded by a sedentary lifestyle. Rather than turn to invasive procedures, crash diets, slimming pills or appetite suppressants, why not try seeing a TCM practitioner to help you get a slimmer silhouette? TCM treatments do not involve medication or slimming pills, which means that there won’t be any of the nasty side effects typically associated with them – such as heart palpitations, dizziness, bloatedness and diarrhoea. In addition, TCM treatments work to strengthen your constitution for optimal health and a better physique, which leads to natural weight loss. Ma Kuang MKB TCM Wellness Centre, a professional and certified TCM treatment centre, uses techniques such as gua sha (where the skin is scraped with a scraping tool to improve blood circulation), tui na (a massage-like treatment), acupuncture and cupping therapy to help stimulate metabolism. The clinic also offers non-invasive weight-loss treatments. For those struggling with constipation, bloating and indigestion problems, all of which hinder weight loss, there’s the popular Abdominal Detox Massage. This treatment involves a manual stimulation of acupoints that aid weight loss and a massage of the abdomen with essential oils, using techniques that reportedly give a pain-free experience. The latter stimulates the meridian points in the abdomen to reportedly revive the abdominal viscera (internal organs in the area), aid detoxification and increase lymphatic circulation. The treatment also supposedly improves metabolism and relieves issues such as constipation, stomach bloating and indigestion. Ma Kuang MKB also utilises natural herbal concoctions – made using herbs prescribed by a registered TCM practitioner – to encourage weight loss. All Ma Kuang MKB products are approved by the Health Sciences Authority, so you can rest assure that you’re in good hands.

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• TCM Slimming (UP $120)

Comprises an acupuncture session and a 30-minute Abdominal Detox Massage using specially formulated essential oils.

• TCM Facial Scraping (UP $118)

This 60-minute facial treatment includes cleansing, toning, the application of a face mask and facial scraping.

*Exclusive to first-time customers, and valid for first trial only.

Disclaimer: Results may vary. There is no scientific proof that any slimming programme can achieve permanent weight loss, except when accompanied by a balanced diet and regular exercise.

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