Does Dandelion Root Help With Hirsutism Symptoms?
Hirsutism symptoms vary for every woman. In almost all cases, there is excess hair growth that is visible in areas where men typically grow more hair, such as the chin, chest, arms and legs, back and buttocks. Some of the symptoms can be controlled with medications, some can be controlled with hair removal methods. Some women prefer a more natural, holistic approach, and are looking for supplements that can help them with that.
Dandelion root is often mentioned as a natural medicine for a variety of conditions, but does it help for Hirsutism?
What Is Dandelion Root?
Dandelion is a flowering plant, but it can also be thought of as a herb. It’s completely edible, and is often added to soups and salads. Dandelion is thought to also contain vitamin A, C and K, as well as calcium, potassium and iron.
In traditional herbal medicine, dandelion is sometimes used for skin concerns, and is used by some to help with digestive conditions and inflammation.
Does Dandelion Root Help with Hirsutism?
Hirsutism is in many cases caused by an excess of androgens, the “male hormones” in the body. This can be the case because of an underlying condition such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Other causes include Cushing’s syndrome, certain medications, tumors or a familial (genetic) predisposition. It’s important to discuss this issue with your doctor, so they can start identifying the underlying condition and can treat you for it.
There are different treatment options available, depending on what causes your hirsutism.
One of the most commonly used treatment option is hair removal or the excess hair. It can be done by shaving, plucking, waxing or sugaring, which are methods that are cost effective, however not that long lasting. Other methods such as electrolysis, IPL and laser hair removal have become more popular over the years, as they are longer lasting, but are more expensive.
Another treatment option, depending on the underlying cause, is medication. If it’s caused by excess androgens, medications that lower the androgen levels such as the birth control pill or anti-androgens might help. Your doctor will discuss the possible treatment options with you.
Many women hear about natural remedies for Hirsutism, such as spearmint tea, and want to know more.
As for Dandelion Root, there is no scientific evidence that supports using dandelion for the treatment of Hirsutism. There needs to be more medical research to determine if there really is an effect of dandelion root on excess hair growth or Hirsutism. However, it may be used for skin care.
Dandelion for Skin Care
Hirsutism has symptoms other than male pattern hair growth. It can also cause acne, oily skin, hair loss, and dull, lifeless hair. Dandelion root may be helpful as part of a skin care routine to combat oily skin.
Dandelion sap can be applied topically (on your skin). The sap may be helpful in preventing infections, and reducing acne. It may also help to increase healing and reduces inflammation. Some people use the sap to help prevent acne scarring, and reduce the appearance of any existing scars.
Hirsutism, or excess hair growth in women, often has an underlying cause that should be identified to start treatment. There are treatment options available that your doctor can recommend to you. Unfortunately, there currently is no scientific evidence that supports using dandelion root for Hirsutism. However, dandelion root may be helpful for your skin. Skincare is a really important aspect of dealing with excess hair growth. Healthy skin is better able to deal with the aftereffects of hair removal methods.