“I have hairs on my lips, chin, chest, abdomen, arms and legs like a male! I am
much embarrassed to go to the college. Mummy!! Do something for me!”

“I tried hair remover, bleaching the hair comes with in a couple of day! Laser is
ideal?”

Unwanted, Excessive hair growth in wrong places is a frequent and common complaint among women nowadays. Hairiness over face, limbs, chest and abdomen could be a heavy burden, both psychologically and socially, since society sets impossibly high standards for feminine beauty. They feel bad about themselves and could do little by plucking, applying depilatories and embarking huge money in waxing, electrolysis and laser treatment. Medical term “Hirsutism” is applied for abnormal hair growth, is neither a disease nor, in most cases, a sign of a disease.

Why the hair grows?

Hair grows from hair follicles within the skin. There are about 50 million hair follicles covering the body of which one fifth is located in the scalp. Only the soles and palms are free of hair follicles. As long as follicles are not destroyed, hair continues to grow even if it is plucked, depilated or removed in any other fashion.

    Various hormones control hair growth. Thyroid hormone and growth hormone affects hair growth. The most important hormone controlling growth are "androgens" commonly known as “male” hormones. Except in the scalp, androgens cause hair to change from "vellus" to "terminal". All women have terminal hair in some parts of the body, specifically the scalp, pubic and axillary area. A few hairs around the nipple or over the thighs may be normal. “Hirsutism” or excess body hair in women is the presence of thick, dark hair over the face, chest, abdomen, upper thighs or upper arms. It occurs when the androgenic hormone rises in some conditions.

    The most important is Testosterone, one of a group of hormones called Androgens, which are responsible for "male" characteristics such as hair patterns and deeper voices. Hirsutism occurs when hair follicles become unusually sensitive to normal androgen levels in the blood, or when Androgen levels rise.
Vellus Hair
 
Terminal Hair
 


What are the causes?

Clinically in most cases, hirsutism is a sign of a disease. Sudden or severe hirsutism in teenaged girls, however, does require medical attention, especially if accompanied by menstrual irregularities or signs of increased Androgen levels, such as female pattern baldness or a deepening of the voice. In these cases, a physician will look for possible underlying causes, including Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease, Adrenal gland disorders and adrenal or ovarian tumors. Drugs that have an androgen effect, such as the drugs used in modern medicine to treat Endometriosis, Fibrocystic breast disease, Epilepsy and even Oral contraceptives, can also cause hirsutism.


Hirsutism is very common feature in Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease
 
 

    The growth of facial hair in many postmenopausal women is due to the drop in levels of the female hormone Oestrogen that occurs during menopause. This decline alters the Oestrogen-Testosterone balance, causing a relative excess of Testosterone. Heredity also determines the amount and distribution of body hair. So woman's hair-growth pattern compares to that of her sisters is a key factor in diagnosing hirsutism.

How to tackle?

Among these disorders outburst of Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease is a hidden epidemic recently. Usually these hirsute girls present scanty, irregular periods, pimples, and obesity hair loss as additional symptoms. Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease patients ovulate rarely, thus it becomes a primary cause for Infertility in many women. A simple blood test for study of Serum Testosterone and cortisol level with an ultra sonogram study for abdomen would make fine differential diagnosis. Obese patients require Thyroid profile and insulin to rule out Hypothyroidism and Insulin resistance.

    Hirsutism is a sign of a disease, so it seeks drugs that help to reduce Androgen levels and physical removal could not solve the problem. In modern Medicine, hormonal therapy fails to establish a “cure” in hirsutism, because the approach is up to the disease level alone, Anti androgenic preparations or replacement therapy will not root the problem. More over it provokes the existing hormonal imbalance. Homoeopathic medicines have dynamic action in revitalization and regulation. Clinical trials had proved that many case of Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease had shown wonderful recovery and drastic fall in Serum Testosterone level. Hair growth had shown decline and had been confirmed by clinical investigations of Serum Testosterone level. The hydra headed problems of Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease, Female pattern baldness, Obesity, Acne, Hypothyroidism and Infertility also responded well.

    Homoeopathic medicines are not prescribed on disease name as always the other systems do. The disease diagnosis and clinical investigations are essential to know the prognosis of the disease. While approaching a case we probe our further study in studying the uncommon mental and physical symptoms of a patient for individualization. Hence our system is a wonderful application for hormonal imbalance of any kind.

    No persons of the same complaints receive the same medicine. The totality of symptoms varies from person to person. In many occasions a well-selected remedy had rooted all problems. This could be possible because the medicinal action reaches the basic cause of a disease and roots it out.

    When the hormone level falls down production of new hair could be arrested, but do not eliminate existing hair. The reason is the already stimulated vellus hair has to finish its growth phase and takes up to six months normally. Until then physical removal of unwanted hair is also necessary for sometime.     


Dos and Don’ts

  • Close shaving is probably the easiest and safest. Avoiding stubble, however, requires daily shaving, which can irritate the skin. Many people believe that shaving would aggravate more hair growth and become dark. It is not true because it depends upon the hormonal level and a stimulated hair will finish its course. .

  • Depilatory creams dissolve hairs chemically and leave no stubble, but they too can irritate the skin. Bleaching makes hair less conspicuous but doesn't remove it.

  • Plucking and Waxing are painful. Tweezing causes an increased blood supply to the tweezed hairs and adjacent hairs causing an increase in the follicle structure.

  • Electrolysis is another method, in which electric current delivered through a needle destroys individual hair follicles. While permanent and effective, electrolysis is costly, time-consuming, and painful and can result in infection and scarring.

  • Laser hair-removal is a faster and gentler alternative to electrolysis. Results are long lasting; Patients may experience stinging during treatment and a sunburn sensation for a short period afterwards. Skin discoloration may also occur, especially in dark-skinned patients.


Clinical evidence

 

Click on the following links

       Hirsutism… Homoeopathy finds solution
       Clinical evidences on Alopecia aeratae
       Clinical evidences on Alopecia Totalis
       Clinical evidences on Hair loss due to hormonal imbalance
       Homoeopathy remedies Dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis
       Moustache and Beard started growing after Homoeopathic treatment