|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Two minute tug on the rug can help you lose weight, look more beautiful 2007,5,11
Shukan Josei 5/22 By Ryann Connell
Women can lose weight and look more beautiful simply by tugging on their pubic hair, according to Shukan Josei (5/22).
Clutching at the map of Tasmania stimulates the sex hormones, gets blood flowing toward the genitals and releases pheromones.
It's the release of pheromones that is said to give women in love their "glow" and what is being attributed for making women who try the trick appear to be more beautiful.
Women are advised to tug their pubes while they're still dry and then move the clump of hair around in a circular motion.
They're also told to run their fingers through their pubic hair the same way they would do when fondling their regular hair.
Women are told not to worry about pubic hairs that fall out and to continue yanking away for about 1 to 2 minutes.
That's the theory, but does it really work? A little bit, according to physician Hideo Yamanaka.
"If the erogenous zones near the genitals are aroused, it leads to an increased emission of the female hormone estrogen, which certainly makes the skin look better," Dr.Yamanaka tells Shukan Josei.
"It could also help alleviate the ill effects of menopause and irregular periods."
Dr. Yamanaka continues: "One of the effects of female hormones is to make it easier for fat to build up under the skin, which gives women a more feminine look."
So, there may be something in the claims that pulling on pubes makes women beautiful.
But the doctor is more skeptical when it comes to any dietary benefits.
"I really don't know about this being any good in terms of a diet. Normally, dieting tends to limit the amount of female hormones emitted," Dr. Yamanaka tells Shukan Josei.
"But if women did this while they were also on a diet, I guess there is a possibility that it could make them look both beautiful and thinner."
(By Ryann Connell)
（Mainichi Japan） May 11, 2007