Doctors and health experts have strongly warned against using a “womb detox” product that has recently caught attention online.
Embrace Pangaea, a herbal and holistic product online company based in the United States, has been selling small bags of herbs, designed to be inserted into the vagina to “cleanse the womb and return it to a balance state.”
The bags contain a mix of perfumed herbs such as Mothersworth, Angelica, Borneol, Rhizoma and Cnidium monnieri.
One “pearl” costs $15 and is intended for once-a-day use. Alternatively, the company offers a “Monthly Womb Maintenance Package” for $75 to $180. It also has a scheme to encourage customers to distribute its products themselves.
Dr. Jen Gunter, a gynaecologist from the United States, wrote a blog post strongly condemning the products, the Independent reports.
"Your uterus isn’t tired or depressed or dirty and your vagina has not misplaced its chakra," she said.
"These herbs... could be damaging to your lactobacilli (the good bacteria) or be directly irritating to the vagina mucosa (the lining) and both of these outcomes will increase your risk of infection."
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Other doctors have said using the products could lead to irritation, bacterial infections, and even potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome. They also urged women who experience heavy bleeding, odour, discomfort or pain to visit their doctor.
Tamieka Atkinson, the owner of Embrace Pangaea, told the Independent: "Our product is not a drug by any means, and we make no claims of curing, diagnosing, or treating disease.
"Embrace Pangaea is a holistic company that provides high-quality herbal detoxes and information to educate clients about natural living.
"Our Herbal Womb Detox Pearls is simply a natural herbal alternative that women can make a conscious and informed decision in using. With all our clients, we do advise them that we are not medical professionals, and that they should seek assistance from their doctor.”