Chai-yok, is a Korean treatment for the vaginal area, that involves sitting on an open-seated stool. Pungent steam rises from a boiling pot of a mugwort tea blended with wormwood and a variety of other herbs. Above it sits a nude woman covered in blankets on an open-seated stool. Chai Yok has been common in Korea for centuries. Many Korean women undergo a session after menstruating.
It is said to reduce stress, fight infections, clear hemorrhoids, regulate menstrual cycles, and aid infertility. It cleanses, tones, and nourishes the cervix, uterus, and vaginal tissues. Just think of it as a soothing detox for the female anatomy. Chai-Yok steams address a slew of ailments including bladder and yeast infections, hemorrhoids, infertility, and irregular and painful periods. The technique is also thought to help heal uterine fibroids, perineal tears, and scaring from C-sections, hysterectonomies and laparoscopies. Chai-Yok steams boosts circulation to the pelvix - which means increased oxygenetion, dilation of blood vessels, and a relaxing of the pelvic floor muscles that tend to cramp or spasm before or during menstruation.
The steam also helps to soften the cervix and cervical mucus to make fertillity issues easier. Many infertility problems are related to coldness and stagnation...The chai-yok treatment is effective for coldness or poor circulation in the lower part of the body because it increases the blood circulation, and blood supplies nutrition, so the more blood supply, the faster the healing process. A Chai-Yok steam can also be beneficial for post menopausal woman. The steam from the herbal tea rises and absorbs into the skin & orifice. This steaming treatment stimulates the production of hormones to maintain uterine health, aids regular menstrual cycles, helps correct digestive disorders while soothing the nervous system. The natural antibiotic and anti-fungal properties are said to help maintain internal health as well as keeping the skin looking young.
The main ingredients for a Chai-Yok steam bath are mugwort and wormwood. Mugwort is a natural antibiotic and antifungal agent that helps maintain uterine health. It has long been associated with vaginal health. Wormwood has traditionally been used for digestive problems as well as infections and parasites. It also contains other beneficial herbs. For example basil stimulates menstrual flow and has antibacterial qualities. Oregano is known for antispasmodic, antiviral and antiseptic properties, calendula is well known for it antibacterial, anti inflammatory and immune stimulating properties and rosemary helps inhibit yeast growth. All of the herbs used in the Chai-Yok steam are antifungal and antibacterial. They rid your body of toxins and pesticides, fight infections and even help clear up hemorrhoids. Your body also aches less after you've had a few steams.
Although you can take a vaginal steam bath any time of the month, the best times for a Chai-Yok steam are before or after your period. Never steam at the height of menstruation, or if you are pregnant or you think you may be. After a Chai-Yok steam slight cramping and discharge are very positive. Mild uterine contractions help the body cleanse itself and discharge naturally occurs when something in the pelvix (like old blood) needs to come out.
How to do a Traditional Chai-Yok Vagi-Steam? Spa’s across the U.S. are offering traditional vaginal steam baths. An average cost of a 30 minute vagina steam session cost between $50-$75. But Chai-Yok Vagi-steam baths are simple, so simple you can make your own at home, for very little cost. You can do this by using household items.
You need a slatted chair or modified stool/chair to let steam through. Preferably made of natural materials such as wood, canvas, or bamboo. And a large stainless steel stock pot, large enough to boil a gallon of water. You also can use two chairs (just simple dining room chairs or such) and you place the steaming pot between the two chairs and then you sit down with one "cheek" on each chair.
Boil 1 gallon of water with 1 cup (about 25 g) of Vagi-Steam Herb Blend for 10 minutes. Continue to steep off of the stove for an additional 5 minutes. Place pot or bowl under the chair/stool. Test how hot the steam is. Put the inside of your forearm over the steam to test. Remember your genitals are very sensitive to heat, you do not want to burn them! Do not sit down until the steam is comfortable for you. Be sure you are not wearing underwear and none of your clothing is hanging in the pot. Cover your entire lower half, all the way to the ground with a blanket. Wrap another blanket around the upper half of your body. Keep it wrapped around you, stay warm. Steam for 20-30 minutes. After the steam keep warm, go to bed for 1 hour.
Be careful over the next 24 hours to protect your entire body from cold drafts, keep warm and avoid any sudden temperature changes. After a treatment, you should be sure to drink a lot of water to help flush your system.
Western cultures give short shrift to vaginal health, with the primary advice being to just leave it alone. Traditional medicine in many Asian, Latin American and indigenous cultures utilized herbs and steam baths to maintain vaginal health. Chai-yok is a safe, non-invasive method for fighting infections, clearing hemorrhoids, regulating menstrual cycles and increasing fertility.
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