The latest spa trend to set the internet alight is the V-Steam, a vaginal detox, which includes steaming a woman’s vagina.
Practitioners claim that the new spa treatment provides health benefits to women by regulating menstrual cycles and even boosting fertility through balancing hormones; and Hollywood’s elite is leading the way with A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow recommending an “infrared and mugwort steam” on her lifestyle site goop.com for extra energy, rebalance female hormones and for a clean uterus.
Mugwort, an aromatic herb, has been used in Korean and Chinese traditional medicine for hundreds of years with the benefit of balancing female hormonal levels. The herb’s antibiotics and anit-fungal properties also help keep skin looking young and healthy.
At the Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica, California, their Signature V-Steam is inspired by an ancient ritual practiced in Korea called chai-yok and claims to stimulates the production of hormones, aids regular menstrual cycles, clears up hormonal acne, promotes circulation, and helps correct digestive disorders. A session is usually 30 minutes and costs around USD$50.
Although in general spa claims of “detoxifying” have not been substantiated by medical research. However, according to Dr. Siri Chand Kaur Khalsa of One Medical Group in Los Angeles, who shared with FastCompany.com, since there is extensive blood flow and mucous membranes in the vagina, it is possible to absorb medications easily, but there is still no scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of a steaming your vagina.
So, would you try a V-Steam?