If you're like many of the women I know, when "that time of the month" rolls around, menstrual cramps are likely to send you seeking the warm refuge of your pillow-top rather than showing up as your best self. Indeed, according to one Italian study, menstrual cramping, also known as dysmenorrhea, affects approximately 84% of women of childbearing age. With all due respect for my beautiful, sacred cycle, I began to grow frustrated, wondering why we must suffer such monthly woes.
Finally, after so many years of hiding in my room when my moon came around, I started to seek out something I could do to support my body to function at its best, making menstruation more pleasant.
In my search for the cure, I discovered an ancient herbal treatment for the uterus that yielded exactly the answer I was looking for. The treatment, known as vaginal steaming, is as old as the hills and is well-respected by traditional healers across the globe, remedying almost any aspect of uterine pathology. Also known as yoni steaming (yoni is the Sanskrit word for womb or vagina), the treatment is used to cleanse and revitalize the uterus, effectively reducing discomfort associated with menstruation.
I learned about this amazing herbal therapy from Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naprapathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer, author and teacher of Maya medicine. Having lived and studied with traditional Mayan healers in Belize for nearly 25 years, Rosita became quite familiar with this miraculous remedy for the womb.
Vaginal steaming, Dr. Arvigo says, is as popular in Mayan culture as drinking peppermint tea is in American culture. In Central America, the remedy is called a bajo, and it is very common among women because it works.
Yet the effectiveness of vaginal steams isn't limited to just eliminating cramps. Yoni steaming has been known by women throughout history to: