Don’t get steamed over this new trend!

Stressed?  Have any female issues bothering you lately like infertility, reoccurring bladder infections or menstrual cramps?

The latest and trendiest solution sweeping the country among alternative medical practices and spas is the vaginal steam bath.

Although new to the U.S., this natural “treatment” is actually centuries old.  Called “chai-yok” in Korea and “bajos” in Central and South America, the patient sits on an open-seated stool above a pot of herb-filled steamy water.  The bath lasts about 30-40 minutes and is believed to help release toxins within the female anatomy.  It is said that the steaming will reduce stress, increase circulation and regulate menstrual cycles.  Some believe it will even increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Not to discriminate, this steam treatment is also available for men and is used to cleanse the perianal area.

The steaming “brew” is a combination of many herbs but predominantly mugwort and wormwood. Both are considered to be antifungal antimicrobial agents and have been used by herbalists and alternative medicine advocates to balance female hormones. Vaginal steaming has not undergone any clinical analysis in the U.S.

Bottom line, the human body is a wonderfully crafted machine.  Nature provides effective means to cleanse the female reproductive anatomy. If you become hot and bothered by any female disorders, please see your doctor.

About Dr. Renee Horowitz

Dr. Renee Horowitz is a fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She also is affiliated with the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and DMC Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

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