A Yoni steam is a steam bath therapy used with or without herbs for your pelvic bowl. It is a universal practice that is mainly utilized for the promotion of postpartum vaginal health and rejuvenation. The practice is not just for women, however. Men can benefit from steaming, too.
Yoni steaming is not a standalone treatment but rather an adjunct therapy to acupuncture, diet and herbs. It is something that you can practice safely in your own home and it feels amazing and delivers fast, effective, direct results.
Yoni steaming is used for postpartum healing, treating prolapse, easing genital herpes, yeast infection and hemorrhoid discomfort. Steaming also calms digestive upset and eases constipation.
Where does Yoni steaming come from?
Yoni steaming is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for thousands of years. It has roots in many cultures and continents- Asia, South America, Africa and Europe.
Yoni steaming has been called many other names. The practice of vaginal and rectal steaming has also been known as “Steaming the Jade Gate” and “vaginal rejuvenation.” No matter what you call it, it’s still used as a therapy to heal the body.
What is the mechanism of action of Yoni steaming?
Yoni steaming softens masses, lifts and tones muscles, detoxifies and purifies and calms the nervous system. According to TCM, yoni steaming promotes genitourinary health by promoting systemic circulation of qi and blood. It also has influence over metabolism since it affects body temperature. It has numerous systemic benefits and improves gynecological and genitourinary health.
Steaming has a softening effect and is great at reducing discomfort associated with hemorrhoids, fibroids and cysts. Steaming also releases tension and softens the pelvic floor muscles. It’s great at reducing pain associated with cramping.
Steaming also warms the womb and calms the nervous system. For this reason, steaming is great at increasing fertility.
What are the benefits of Yoni steaming?
Yoni steaming is mainly utilized for the promotion of postpartum vaginal health after childbirth. Steaming has a lifting and toning affect on the vaginal muscles and helps the canal return to its original size. It helps to lubricate and detoxify and purify by helping to shed old tissue that becomes lodged in the uterine lining. This is a key reason why it is used for postpartum health.
Steaming can be used as a preventative health measure to regulate menstrual flow and ease discomfort and cramping. Women can track their cycles and steam 3 days prior to and after the onset of their monthly cycles. When you feel your PMS symptoms becoming heightened or aggravated, you can turn to yoni steaming therapy to self heal.
Yoni steaming is not just for women. Yoni steaming has influence over the rectal area and lower digestive tract and the large intestine. Steaming can help men to improve libido and address erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. It can also help address digestive complaints of colitis, constipation and infection.
Is Yoni steaming safe for everyone?
Yoni steaming is not for everyone. Women who are pregnant should not perform steaming. Men should take caution not to expose the scrotum to heat. Consult with your acupuncturist to see if steaming is right for you. Those experiencing the following symptoms should not perform steaming:
genital itch or burning
women who are pregnant
women who are actively bleeding/on their period
women who are actively experiencing hot flashes (not during a hot flash)
women who are trying to conceive during the time of ovulation
women who have had their tubes tied
women with IUDs and contraceptive arm implants
women who experience spontaneous or continual bleeding between periods
women who experience 2 periods per month
people with a tendency toward mouth/genital sores
high blood pressure
low blood pressure
What do I need to perform a Yoni steam?
The basic tools needed to perform a Yoni steam include: a pot, 1-2 quarts of boiling high quality FILTERED water, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and a cloak of some kind to trap the steam. Herbs are not necessary. A chair is not necessary- modified child’s pose is sufficient. The optimal chair would be one that has an opening in the middle of the chair to allow for optimal absorption through the rectal and vaginal canals.
A basic steam is performed by sitting over a pot of steaming salt water for about 10 minutes. Watch this Youtube video entitled, How to Properly Steam at Home for more information and clarity.
What should I expect to happen after steaming?
Yoni steaming has a powerful effect on the large intestine and genito-urinary system. After performing a steam, clients may experience discharge or an urge to empty their bowels. These effects are perfectly normal and should not cause alarm. Sex is ok after a steam.
Common herbs used for yoni steaming
While herbs are not necessary for yoni steaming, there are some common herbs that can be used for therapeutic effect:
Red raspberry leaf
Yoni steaming for self care
Yoni steaming is a great self-care practice. Utilizing yoni steaming therapy at home allows you to take your health into your own hands and can be a source of empowerment. Yoni steaming can help you increase awareness of your body and the many nuanced symptoms experienced on a day to day basis.