Spearmint tea seen as way to combat hirsutism

March 7, 0007

International report - Women who drink spearmint tea twice a day for five days can reduce levels of androgens that can cause hirsutism, a recent article in Phytotherapy Research states.

International report - Women who drink spearmint tea twice a day for five days can reduce levels of androgens that can cause hirsutism, a recent article in Phytotherapy Research states.

Turkish researchers discovered the anti hair-growth properties of spearmint tea from recent findings in Israel that showed the tea significantly reduces male libido, which in turn possibly reduces androgen hormone levels that can lead to hirsutism, according to cosmeticsdesign.com.

Subsequently, female volunteers with hirsutism took part in research tests and were given a cup of boiling water with one heaping teaspoon of dried spearmint leaves for five days during the follicular stage of their menstrual cycle. The results showed an increase of female hormones and a significant decrease in free testosterone in the blood.

The researchers noted, however, that changes would not be substantial and hirsutism patients would more than likely require additional treatment.

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