Now, it seems that the never ending path to be fresh, young and beautiful has just deviated south.
There’s a new trend stemming up in Los Angeles called vaginal steam baths, or chai-yok, that are said to reduce stress, fight infections, clear hemorrhoids, regulate menstrual cycles and aid infertility.
So, what the heck is it?
Well, not to be too graphic, but according the LA Times:
Pungent steam rises from a boiling pot of a mugwort tea blended with wormwood and a variety of other herbs. Above it sits a nude woman on an open-seated stool, partaking in a centuries-old Korean remedy that is gaining a toehold in the West.
Though difficult to find in places other then LA and New York, if you want to try it out, head down to Daengki Spa in Koreatown, where a 45-minute V-Herbal Therapy will run you just $20 a squat.
The steam includes a mixture of 14 herbs imported from Korea by spa manager Jin Young. The spa’s website claims the treatment will “rid the body of toxins” and help women with menstrual cramps, bladder infections, kidney problems and fertility issues.
To many western doctors, it’s a joke. But some people are finding great success with this odd treatment.
Niki Han Schwarz believes it worked for her. After five steams, she found she had fewer body aches and more energy. She also became pregnant eight months ago at the age of 45 after attempting to conceive for three years.
Ladies, don’t let your men feel left out. Apparently they also have an identical treatment for their family jewels as well.