Gwyneth Paltrow Is A Fan Of Vaginal Steaming — Should You Be, Too?

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By Jordi Lippe | Published April 3, 2015 on Yahoo Health | Featuring Sheryl Ross

Gwyneth Paltrow describes it as an “energetic release.”

For better or worse, celebrities are often the way we, the general public, hear about new trends in wellness. Take “vaginal steaming,” for example: Gwyneth Paltrow raved about the practice in her latest GOOP newsletter. But is it actually healthy?

First, a little background: Vaginal steam baths, also known as “chai-yok” in Korea and “bajos” in Central and South America, have been used for centuries. Proponents claim that they ease anxiety and help with irregular and painful periods, vaginal cysts, bladder and yeast infections, hemorrhoids, uterine fibroids, scarring from childbirth and hysterectomies, and even infertility.

Gwyneth, who received the “Mugwort V-Steam” at Tikkun Spa, described the treatment as “an energetic release — not just a steam douche — that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in L.A., you have to do it.” The treatment entails sitting “on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al,” she writes. | | | Next → |

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