Although it is difficult to eliminate all the hair on the face, some treatments in the long run can reduce growth and improve the symptoms.
It must be considered that having a little body and facial hair is normal and that the quantity of hairs can vary according to the woman. About half of the women suffering from hirsutism, however, exhibit high levels of male sex hormones, called androgens. Discover in this article the natural treatment for hirsutism.
Signs and symptoms
The main symptom of hirsutism is the hairs that grow on the abdomen, on the chest and on the upper lip (areas of hair typical in humans), even in women. If hirsutism is due to high levels of male hormones, symptoms may include:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Loss of the shape of the female body
- Signs of masculinity, as a deep voice, male-like baldness, dilated clitoris, enlarged shoulder muscles
If hirsutism is caused by Cushing’s syndrome, signs and symptoms may include:
- Obesity, especially in the bust area
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Thinning of the skin
About half of women suffering from hirsutism have high male sex hormone levels. This can be caused by:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can also lead to infertility
- Cancer of the suprarenal glands and ovaries
- Cushing syndrome
- Medicines that can cause hair growth
- Anabolic steroids
- Danazol, used to treat endometriosis
Sometimes, however, women with hirsutism may have normal levels of male hormones. In this case it is difficult for doctors to determine what is the cause of this problem.
The following factors could increase the risk of hirsutism.
- Genetics: some of the factors that cause hirsutism can be inherited.
- Ethnic origin: women from Europe, the Middle East and South Asia are more likely to develop this condition.
Natural treatment for excess hair
These nutritional tips can help women maintain a good body weight, which can help lower androgen levels in the body:
- Consume foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruit (blueberries, cherries and tomatoes) and vegetables (pumpkin and peppers).
- Avoid refined foods such as white bread, pasta and especially sugar.
- Eat less red meat and prefer lean meats, cold water fish, tofu (or soy, if you are not allergic) and beans, to get protein.
- Use healthy oils in food, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.
- Reduce or eliminate trans fats found in commercial bakery products, such as biscuits, crackers, sweets, potato chips, onion rings, pancakes, processed foods and some margarines.
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Some herbs can strengthen and tone the body’s systems. As with any other therapy, we advise you to consult your doctor before starting any treatment. You can use herbs in the form of extracts in powder (tablets, powder, tea), glycerin extracts or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless your specialist gives you directions, prepare teas with a teaspoon of grass for each cup of warm water and leave for 5-10 minutes for the leaves and flowers and for 10 to 20 minutes for roots.
These herbs are recommended to treat hirsutism, but most of it has not been studied by scientific research. Before starting to take herbs that may have repercussions on your hormonal system, always talk to your doctor. Do not take these supplements if you are pregnant or breast-feeding or if you are planning to become pregnant.
Women who have suffered from breast, uterine or ovarian cancer or who have other hormone-related illnesses should not take these supplements unless under the supervision of a doctor.
- The dwarf palm (Serenoa Repens) has antiandrogenic effects, which means that the levels of male hormones in the body are reduced. It is usually recommended to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome, although its effectiveness has not yet been proven. The dwarf palm, however, can increase the risk of blood loss: if you take anticoagulants, consult your doctor before taking it. Ask him for advice even if you are taking any other hormone medication.
- The agnocasto (Vitex Agnus Castus) is another of the plants with antiandrogenic properties. The chaste tree can interfere with some antipsychotic drugs, as well as some Parkinson’s medicines.
- Black cohosh (Actea Racemosa) is a herb with antiandrogenic effects. Do not take black cohosh if you have liver disease; this herb can also increase the risk of blood clots, so avoid it if you have coagulation problems.
- Green mint tea (Mengha Spicata), a cup twice a day. A first study found that women with hirsutism who drank green mint tea had lower levels of testosterone (male hormone) in their blood. The researchers therefore thought that this type of tea could help reduce the symptoms of mild hirsutism. A subsequent study showed that green mint tea reduces androgen levels in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
A minor study of women suffering from hirsutism has found that acupuncture can reduce both the hardness and the length of the hair. It also seems that it can also reduce the levels of the male hormone testosterone. However, more research is needed to classify acupuncture as an effective treatment against hirsutism.
The different treatments against hirsutism can improve its symptoms. In the long run, medicines can reduce hair growth, but in general the hairs on the face and body can not be completely eliminated. In addition, some beauty techniques, such as laser hair removal or hot wax, can reduce unwanted unwanted hair.