The FDA wants you to cancel your cryotherapy appointments

Of all the strange wellness trends out there (and let us tell you, there are a whole lot), whole body cyrotherapy is perhaps the weirdest. For those who don’t know, the treatment involves going into a freezing tank (think minus 200 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit) for three minutes, which supposedly “improves skin tone, reduces signs of aging, manages pain, lowers inflammation, improves athletic performance and can mitigate depression,” according to KryoLife, a midtown-based cyrotherapy treatment center.

Too good to be true? A new report from the FDA shoots down a lot of those supposed benefits of cyrotherapy. “We found very little evidence about its safety or effectiveness in treating the conditions for which it is being promoted,” says one doctor who led the study.

While the FDA could not effectively prove any benefit of cyrotherapy, it does warn against potential dangers including asphyxiation, frostbite, burns and eye injury. One woman who worked in a cyrotherapy clinic even died from the treatment in October 2015, when she went in to use the machine after hours.

Though it is (presumably) super unpleasant, the treatment has become extremely popular in recent years, thanks to celebrity and model endorsements. Surprisingly, the wellness queen herself, Gwyneth Paltrow, told the Times in April that she has not yet done it “but I do want to try that.” Gwyn, please hold on that appointment — we don’t want to lose you.