Published June 6, 2023 Unveiling Hirsutism: Causes, Tips, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Insights Are pesky chin hairs or unwelcome body hair causing you distress? You’re not alone. Hirsutism, characterized by the growth of coarse, dark hair in typically male-pattern areas, affects many women. Dealing with this condition can be incredibly frustrating, but fear not! In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the world of hirsutism, exploring its root causes and providing simple yet effective tips to combat those pesky hairs. The Root Cause: Hormone Imbalance Hirsutism is primarily driven by hormonal imbalances, particularly involving androgen hormones. Androgens are hormones like testosterone and DHEA that are present in both male and female bodies. Excess androgens in women is what typically drives hirsutism. A lot of times symptoms like acne, weight gain, and irregular cycles accompany hirsutism. While conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are commonly associated with hirsutism and up to 80% of women with PCOS will experience hirsutism, it’s important to note that it can occur independently of PCOS as well. Unlocking the Hidden Impact of Hormone Imbalances Did you know that hormone imbalances can manifest in various unexpected ways? They affect not only hair growth but also metabolism, mood regulation, sleep patterns, and even skin health. By addressing hormone imbalances, you can positively impact multiple aspects of your well-being, experiencing improved vitality and a renewed sense of harmony within your body. Managing hirsutism goes beyond hair control; it’s a journey toward holistic wellness. Diagnosing Hirsutism If you’re in tune with your body and what your “normal” hair growth patterns are, then it is easy to note when something shifts. You can visit your healthcare practitioner and request a blood test that measures the levels of androgens in your body. Testing for fasting blood glucose and insulin is also a great biometric to measure since insulin resistance often goes hand in hand with elevated androgens and PCOS. Lastly, if you are suspicious of PCOS you can have an ultrasound of your ovaries done to look for cysts which are indicative of PCOS. TIPS FOR NAVIGATING HIRSUTISM Balance Your Blood Sugar: Excess androgen production and PCOS are often linked to insulin resistance. Focus on incorporating protein and fiber-rich foods into your diet and engage in weight training exercises. Additionally, our metabolic vinegar, GlucoBitters, effectively regulates glucose spikes, providing an excellent added layer of support. Try Spearmint Tea: Scientific studies have shown that spearmint can lower androgen levels in women with hirsutism. And spearmint tea is so delicious — so it’s a win, win! Just two cups of spearmint tea per day have been found to significantly reduce testosterone levels. We recommend trying Pique’s Spearmint Tea sachets. Manage Stress With Adaptogens: Stress profoundly impacts hormone balance and overall health. Incorporating adaptogens into your daily routine can promote stress resilience and support balanced hormone levels. Our synergistic blend of adaptogens, Adrenal Recovery, serves as an ideal ally for stress management. Herbal Support With Vitex Vitex, also known as Chaste Tree, is a popular herb that supports healthy progesterone levels and overall hormone health. Vitex specifically supports a balanced ratio of progesterone and prolactin, which can balance elevated androgen levels contributing to Hirsutism. Vitex is one of the start herbs in our Flow Balance formula alongside other supportive herbs for hormonal imbalances. Zinc Zinc is an essential mineral for hormone health. Zinc plays a crucial role in cellular processes including hormone production. Many women with PCOS have low levels of Zinc. Zinc can also work to inhibit the enzyme that converts testosterone to its non-aromatizable form, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Ultimately discouraging excess androgen production and preventing hair growth in those pesky areas. Our Zinc Plus is a comprehensive supplement with bioavailable Zinc alongside other nutrients like Quercetin and ECGC. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Approach to Hirsutism In TCM, hirsutism is often linked to imbalances in the body’s energy and organ systems. To address this, it is crucial to support the health of the Liver and Spleen systems. TCM practitioners may recommend specific herbal formulas, acupuncture sessions, dietary adjustments, and personalized lifestyle recommendations tailored to your unique constitution. Unleash the Ancient Wisdom of TCM Incorporating TCM principles alongside other lifestyle changes offers valuable insights into managing hirsutism. By nourishing specific organs and restoring balance, TCM can provide additional tools for supporting your journey toward hormonal equilibrium and vibrant health. Remember, hormone imbalances don’t resolve overnight. Be patient and kind to yourself as you embark on this journey of managing hirsutism. With time, consistent efforts, and the integration of holistic approaches, you can take control of your well-being and regain confidence in your own skin. Unveil the secrets of hirsutism, implement the tips provided, and embrace the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine on your path to hormonal balance.