Sydney – If you keep up with wellness trends, you might have heard of something called “perineum sunning”.
If you haven’t, it’s just what it sounds like. It involves going outside undressed — at least on the bottom half — and positioning yourself in a way that exposes your perineum to the sun for a short time.
The perineum is the area between the genitals and anus — so between the anus and the vulva in females, and between the anus and the scrotum in males. It’s not a part of our bodies that usually sees the light of day.
While the proponents of this trend talk about all sorts of benefits, there’s no evidence for it. It may well do no harm — or you could find yourself with a nasty case of sunburn.
Perineum sunning is said to have roots in an ancient Taoist practice, where the perineum, or “Hui Yin”, is regarded as a gateway where…