For proponents of alternative medicine, Mayan abdominal massage is touted as a healing technique that can relieve painful periods and regulate menstruation, cure premature ejaculation, correct a prolapsed or tipped uterus and even boost fertility.

The massage, which is said to have originated from the ancient Mayans, was adapted as the Arvigo Maya Massage by Rosita Arvigo, an herbalist and doctor of naprapathy. The treatment is also believed to promote blood flow, chi (life energy), nerve activity and more.

Mayan abdominal massage therapy focuses on—you guessed it—the abdomen. When a therapist massages your abdomen, they attempt to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and reposition the uterus into an optimal placement.

However, most medical doctors