Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac, Registered Acupuncturist
What is Vaginal Steaming?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as in various other traditional medicine cultures it is thought that stagnation and cold in the pelvic area can negatively affect women's health. Stagnation of blood, lymph and energy circulation in this area may manifest as painful or irregular periods or contribute to issues such as ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis or infertility. These are health concerns that traditional healers and midwives have been treating with simple steam bathing for centuries.
In Arvigo® Therapy, many of the symptoms related to a displaced uterus are also addressed by pelvic steaming. When a uterus is leaning forward, backward or to one side it is less efficiently shedding its lining and cleansing itself in the form of a monthly menstrual period. Brown, thick blood and/or clots at the beginning or end of a period may mean the uterine contents are not shedding completely, stuck along with the residual menstrual blood that is left over from previous cycles. Women with these signs may often benefit from pelvic steaming. The healthiest period is one with a flow of fresh red blood - without cramps, clots or brown blood.
When Steaming may be recommended
- Preparing for conception
- Unexplained Infertility
- Dark brown or black blood at the beginning or end of your period
- Blood clots during menstruation
- Menstrual cramping prior or during your period
- Blocked Fallopian Tubes
- Ovarian cysts; PCOS
- Pelvic muscular tension
- Long menstrual cycles (lasting 31 days or longer is considered long)
- Peri-menopause and Menopause
- Postpartum or post miscarriage healing
- Prolapse of reproductive organs
When not to Steam
- Do not steam during pregnancy
- If you are actively trying to conceive do not steam during the time in your cycle when you may be pregnant
- Do not steam during menstruation
- Do not steam if you are presenting with any signs of damp or moist heat disorders in the reproductive, genital or anal areas. These types of issues include: candida, bacterial infection, herpes outbreak, yeast infections, etc.
Cautions and what to expect
- Do not use essential oils in place of herbs. They are too strong for this purpose and will burn the delicate skin in this area.
- Keep warm during and after the steaming process. Wear warm socks/slippers and wrap your lower and upper body in a light blanket or robe. The idea is to keep the entire body warm, and away from drafts.
- Be careful with steam temperature and adjust your sitting position as necessary. The steam should feel warm, but not hot enough to burn you.
- Expect to see changes in vaginal discharge and menstruation post steam. These are typically normal cleansing signs and will help your body self-regulate as necessary.
Herbs used in Pelvic Steaming
If you are interested in more information on Pelvic/Vaginal Steaming please contact me for a complimentary 20 minute consultation here.