V-steam questions and answers!
What is a V-Steam?
The V-steam is a modernized version of a centuries old Korean tradition called chai yok. It may also be referred to as yoni steams or bajos in South or Central American cultures. During the treatment, you are seated over a mixture of steaming herbs while wearing a robe to trap in the steam so the steam delivers the herbal medicine straight to the source.
What does v-steam do?
Vaginal steaming is used to maintain female reproductive health and treat a wide variety of gynecological and digestive problems including: menstrual cramps, infertility, irregular or heavy menstrual cycles, amenorrhea , endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, miscarriage, postpartum healing, chronic vaginal infections, symptoms of menopause, hemorrhoids, IBS, bloating and more.
How Does a v-steam Work?
The tissues of the vagina are especially porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. Often women have painful periods due to accumulations of incompletely flushed menstrual fluids encrusted in the membranes of the uterine wall. So you can imagine if you want to clean something really well, you heat it and steam it. The steam combined with the medicinal herbs provides a very healing and comforting effect. When the herbs are placed. in hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin and to the inside of the vagina where they are absorbed into the bloodstream, and ultimately into the cervix and uterus.
What Should I expect from a v-steam?
Most everyone who tries it loves it. It’s so comforting, physically and emotionally. During the steam you will feel a warm steam as if your bottom half is sitting in a sauna. You will smell the fragrant aroma of the herbal medicine fill the room as your body absorbs the healing medicinal oils. You should leave refreshed and reinvigorated. Some women notice beneficial results with just one treatment, but often a series of treatments is required. Since the herbal steam works to penetrate the uterus and dredge out any old tissues and blood that were not properly expunged during menstruation, you may notice some discharge following the steam or changes in your next cycle. These are normal cleansing reactions and a good sign that your womb is cleansing.
How often should I do a v-steam?
That depends on your goals and the severity of your complaints. For more chronic or severe complaints more frequent steams up to 3x’s a week may be required, whereas less serious complaints may require fewer steams of once a month. Most conditions will respond to starting with one steam a week for 4 weeks t hen reducing to a maintenance schedule of 1-2 steams a month then reducing to as needed use.
For example if you have uncomfortable and irregular cycles you may want to come in weekly for a month until your cycle improves and then come the week before your period for maintenance care. Or for postpartum complaints you may want to come in twice a week for 2 weeks to assist in the healing process. For fertility you might want to come in for 2 steams between your period and ovulation. To enhance the healing effect we recommend you combine the V-Steams with acupuncture and herbal therapy. For more information contact or schedule an appointment with our staff Acupuncturist.
What is an A-Steam?
Men, don’t think we forgot about you. Our A-Steam for men benefits your down under region for hemorrhoids, prostate health or simply for a refresher.
NOTE: Do not use if you are on your period, have a vaginal infection, have any open wounds, are prone to herpes breakouts or have any active sores or blisters. Do not use if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. If you have genital piercings take them out prior to your steam. Do not use if you have an IUD.