Gwyneth Paltrow wants women to steam clean their vaginas — but medical experts don’t recommend it Star posts about Mugwort V-Steam procedure on her lifestyle website, GOOP. The treatment is available at Tikkun Spa in Santa Monica. BY Meredith Engel NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, January 29, 2015, 2:04 PM Gregg DeGuire/WireImage Gwyneth Paltrow steam cleaned her private parts at a Santa Monica spa. Gwyneth Paltrow wants you to steam clean your vagina — but health experts think her latest lifestyle advice full of hot air. On her GOOP website, the Oscar winner personally endorsed the Mugwort V-Steam procedure at Tikkun Spa in Santa Monica — a bit of TMI that’s also being slammed by experts. "If you want to feel relaxed get a good massage — if you want to relax your vagina, have an orgasm,” said Dr. Jen Gunter, a California ob-gyn who specializes in vulvovaginal disorders. "Mugwort or wormwood ... can't possibly balance any reproductive hormones, regulate your menstrual cycle, treat depression, or cure infertility," Gunter added in a blog post. Mugwort, a popular herb in Asian medicine, is thought to cleanse the body, boost energy, neutralize stomach pain, regulate periods, and even improve mental health. And such private parts treatment has been around for 1,500 years and was used on Chinese emperors. But we know better today. "I would never tell anybody to do this because the potential risks are much higher than the potential benefits,” Dr. Amos Grunebaum, an ob-gyn at New York Presbyterian Hospital, told the Daily News. Worst case scenario? Death. Grunebaum told the News that there have been cases of women dying after filling their vagina with water or air pressure. goop Paltrow praised Tikkun Spa’s service on her lifestyle site, GOOP. There is no hard research on Paltrow’s vagina steaming, but Grunebaum said there is evidence that douching is bad for women's health because it messes with normal bacteria, you know, down there. Steam that gets into the uterus may also migrate to the fallopian tubes, which could result in a miscarriage, or the abdominal cavity, which could seriously sicken the patient. Tikkun's owner Niki Han Schwarz defended her service as completely safe. "The last thing I want to do is harm anybody," said Schwarz, who said vaginal steam baths helped her get pregnant in her 40s. That part of the service wasn’t on Paltrow’s mind when she praised the procedure, which costs $50 for 30 minutes. "You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.," Paltrow, 42, wrote on GOOP, touting the procedure’s cleansing, “energetic release,” and hormonal balance. Guys can take part too, except the V-steam for them goes by a different name — the A-steam — and the solution travels up a different orifice.