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Gwyneth Paltrow defends vagina steaming advice: 'It has real healing qualities'

'If I find benefit to it and it’s getting a lot of page views, it’s a win-win'

Heather Saul
Wednesday 20 July 2016 07:49 BST
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s much-derided praise of 'vagina steaming' may be still be held up as one of her most unusual health articles on Goop, but she is still standing by it.

An article on her wellness and lifestyle site advocates a “mugworth v-steam” to cleanse the uterus. Paltrow was effusive about the practice but gynaecologists were less convinced by suggestions steaming was either healthy or advisable.

However, the actress and entrepreneur insists the practice has “real healing qualities”, telling The Cut on Monday: “The first time I tried v-steaming, I was like, ‘This is insane’. My friend Ben brought me and I was like, ‘You are out of your f**king mind. What is this? But then by the end of it I was like, ‘This is so great.’

“Then I start to do research, and it’s been in Korean medicine for thousands of years and there are real healing properties. If I find benefit to it and it’s getting a lot of page views, it’s a win-win.”

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