Vaginal steam treatments
No I haven’t turned this blog into the National Enquirer. (And sorry, no pictures today….)
During my research on another topic, an LA Times headline reading “Vaginal Steam-baths Find A Place in Southern California” caught my gynecologist’s eye… Being the scientist that I am, I had to investigate.
It seems a Korean custom of steaming the perineum with water infused with certain herbs has caught on at a few of California’s spas-and as is common, seems to be spreading at least to New York.
As described at the website of the Daengki Spa:
A feminine herbal steam treatment using a variety of
herbs to rid the body of toxins.This treatment is commonly
used for women trying to conceive, for menstrual cramps, bladder infections,
kidney problems, and more. It is a traditional Korean health remedy.
For best results, one treatment a month is recommended after menstruation.
California Bloggers Comment
I had to turn to my California Blogger friends for their takes on another area of West Coast leadership.
Kay Lynn, of The Bucksome Boomer fame was nonplussed.
“This doesn’t surprise me at all given that Hollywood was first into “bedazzling the vajayjay”.
California leads the way in trends — good, bad and wacky.”
Len Penzo, at LenPenzo.com is quoted as:
“It sounds so therapeutic and refreshing, Dr. Dean, that it almost makes me wish I had a vagina. Almost.”
And Nurse Kim, at Emergiblog:
“Oh, I’ll comment alright! Right after I recover from aspirating the lemonade I was drinking when I read the title! LOL!”
Dr Dean’s Concerns:
Before you say I have no cultural sensitivity, then don’t bother.
I know people all over the country don’t like grits or sweet tea-and that’s ok.
I know many of my patients use vaginal douches because their Grandmas told them to.
Many great American passions were brought here by other cultures:
But there are plenty of other cultural things that we in the USA have chosen not to buy into:
- Eating brains, dog, and beetles
- Men wearing skirts (transgendered aside)
- Genital Mutilation
But why this particular treatment is catching on is beyond me. It shows me that people are searching for the holy grail of “what makes them feel better”.
Placebo effects are extremely strong, so if you bare your bottom for an hour, get a steam-pot full of herbal tea directed down there, and actually pay money for it-you will probably feel better.
I wonder how long it will be before there is a lawsuit for steam bum burns, however. If McDonald’s can get hit with a million dollar verdict over a burned tongue, I wonder what a burned vagina is worth???
I don’t necessarily agree with her thoughts that this spa treatment may have real medical benefit. It is proven that the vagina is permeable to medicines through rapid absorption.
But it would seem impossible to actually deliver the herbs in question in a steam bath in enough quantity through the approximated vaginal walls, even while sitting on a toilet. IMHMO (in my humble medical opinion..
But, you are right, I don’t have one, and I haven’t done the study.
And finally, what does this have to do with personal finance? Mainly just the fact that people are spending their hard earned money in this way. Seems sad to me. If you want to feel better- go give that 25 bucks to Salvation Army, or the local library.