Yoni Dhupana (also written Yoni Dhoopan), better known as Vaginal Steaming or Yoni Steaming, is a traditional Indian Ayurvedic fumigation treatment that uses steam from a hot herbal mixture that is directed to the vaginal area.
The treatment is typically done on a special toilet-style stool, or even a chair with openings, by sitting over the steaming pot of herbs (the pot is often made of ceramic or copper). Yoni Dhupana steaming is used to alleviate or cure various diseases related to the vagina, menstruation and fertility.
While doing Yoni Dhupana, the herbal medicinal properties mix together with the steam and reach the outer vaginal wall. Afterwards, the medicinal properties are absorbed by the inner layer of vagina and stimulate the vestibular fossa and Bartholin glands helping in balancing secretions and stagnation within the vaginal area and improving blood circulation.
Although used generally by women of all ages for a range of health issues, such as infections, itching, abdominal pains, menstrual pains, and dryness, it’s also a treatment that makes part of Ayurvedic postpartum practices.
General contraindications for the treatment are an active menstrual period, pregnancy, perineal tears and traumatic injuries.