Updated: Thu, 05 May 2011 03:33:51 GMT | By AFP Relax news

Newest spa splurge: vaginal steaming

Early adopters to new spa trends, Californian spagoers are exploring Korean vaginal steam baths.


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(Relaxnews) - US media outlets and bloggers are aflutter The Los Angeles Times report on the newest trend to hit the California coast: vaginal steam bathing. An ancient Korean tradition and widely available in spas in Korea and Japan, it's being touted as a cure for everything from low energy to infertility. Problem is, there is no evidence it actually works.

Western spas have long been heavily influenced by Asia, both in the style of their treatments and décor, with Thai massage, acupuncture, and Ayurvedic medicine popular trends in spas around the globe.

But now Western spa-goers are willing to pay around €38 to squat over a pot of steaming mugwort tea (blended with wormwood and other herbs) in a treatment known as chai-yok. The woman is usually seated above the pot over an open bench that allows the steam to rise and make contact with the vaginal area.

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