Hirsutism is a medical condition in women in which they grow unwanted and male-pattern hair on areas of the body such as the face, back, and chest. This condition may develop because of extra male hormones known as androgens, mainly testosterone. It can also be genetic. This excess amount of androgen (virilization process) leads to Hirutism. Signs and symptoms of virilization include acne, voice deepening, and increase in muscle mass, balding, reduced breast size, and clitoris enlargement.
There are a number of causes which lead to Hirsutism in women such as a tumor in the adrenal glands and ovaries, PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, certain medications for the treatment of endometriosis and depression, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, and Crushing Syndrome. Out of these causes of Hirsutism, PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the most common.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, abbreviated as PCOS, is the most common disorder in sex hormones among women in their reproductive age. According to Ayurveda, disturbance in balancing three prominent elements, Kapha, Pitta, and Vata, leads to health and medical issues.
There are a few changes which women can make in their eating habits and lifestyle for treating PCOS.
Terminate the consumption of smoking and alcohol.
Avoid junk food, oily food, and meat.
Avoid sugar as it increases Kapha, consume honey instead which helps in the reduction of Kapha.
Avoid using excessive contraceptives.
Have a balanced diet.
Exercise regularly but avoid heavy physical activities.
Maintain suitable body weight.
Take Away -
Hirsutism is a medical condition in females where they grow an unusual amount of hair on face, chest, and back like men. There is a number of causes for Hirsutism but the most common of them all is PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Ayurveda provides medications and treatments for PCOS with some changes in lifestyle and food habits.