What is yoni steaming?
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.
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 systemic circulation of qi and blood. It has numerous benefits and improves fertility, gynecological and gastrointestinal health.
Yoni steaming softens masses and is able to ease discomfort associated with hemorrhoids, fibroids, cysts and cramping. Steaming also releases tension and softens the pelvic floor muscles. It’s great at reducing pain associated with cramping and PMS.
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 detoxify and purify by helping to shed old tissue that becomes lodged in the uterine lining. Steaming also warms the womb and calms the nervous system. For this reason, steaming is great at increasing fertility.
Steaming has influence over the rectal canal and large intestine and can also calm digestive upset and ease constipation. Steaming can help men to improve libido, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
What are the benefits of Yoni steaming?
Steaming can be used as a preventative health measure and is a therapy to self heal. Yoni steaming is not just for women-men can practice, too. Utilizing 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.
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 experience spontaneous or continual bleeding between periods
- women who experience 2 periods per month
- women with IUDs and contraceptive arm implants
- women who are trying to conceive during the time of ovulation
- women who are actively experiencing hot flashes (not during a hot flash)
- women who have had their tubes tied
- 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/bowl
- 1-2 Quarts boiling FILTERED WATER
- 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
- a cloak/robe/sheet to trap steam
- A chair /modified child’s pose/toilet bowl
How to perform a Yoni steam
A basic steam is performed by sitting/hovering over a pot of steaming salt water for 10-30 minutes. Women who track their cycles can steam 3 days before the onset and 3 days after of their menstrual cycles. 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 gastrointestinal 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
- Rose petals
- Hawthorn leaf
- White sage
- Lemon balm
- Orange peel
Meet the acupuncturist
I’m Stephanie Salinas, a licensed acupuncturist practicing in Denver, Colorado (ACU.0002701). My specialties include treatment of migraine, weight loss, facial cosmetic concerns, emotional imbalances and pain conditions. I live and practice in Denver by way of Champaign, Illinois, and Chicago. I love reading, discovering new parks and weight lifting. If you have any questions about acupuncture or anything else, please don’t hesitate in reaching out!
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