The V-steam (or vaginal steam bath) is a seated steam treatment using medicinal herbs infused in water. Vaginal Steam baths, known as “chai-yok” in Korea is an ancient ritual for the enhancement of female pelvic and uterine health. It’s been used for centuries to treat a myriad of female gynecological conditions and is used routinely after childbirth to consolidate and heal the pelvic area. The treatment is natural and non-invasive.
Historically, there are many ancient Asian medical texts referencing the vaginal steam as a common, legitimate gynecological treatment. Women who had benefited from vaginal steam (referred to as wormwood sitz steams) would be those who suffered from fertility issues, uterine fibroids, painful menstruation, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse, irregular menstrual cycles, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, reproductive adhesion/scar tissue, previous vaginal tears or dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses. It was known to assist in correcting digestive disorders while soothing the nervous system. The natural healing properties were said to help maintain internal health as well as keeping your skin looking young. Traditionally, it was use after childbirth promote healing and, “to please the husband later,” thus, returning the pelvic area to it’s previous condition.
V-Steams have a considerable amount of benefits for today’s woman. V-Steams increase circulation to the pelvic floor muscles, uterus, and vulvar skin area. The heat from the V-Steams can consolidate the area and increase blood flow; brings more oxygen and health to the pelvic region. V-steams are also regularly used to soften scars associated with childbirth or pelvic surgeries, in the perineum. In many cultures women steam regularly after their monthly cycles as a form of uterine cleansing. V-Steams are most often used to improve fertility and can be used in conjunction with fertility treatments.