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Unwanted Facial and Body Hair

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Unwanted facial and body hair in women is known as hirsutism. The condition is caused by higher than normal androgen hormones in the body. Androgen is a male hormone that can cause hair to grow. When higher than normal levels of the hormone are found in women, hair begins to grow in unnatural locations.

Hirsutism affects roughly 8 percent of all women. The unwanted hair is most commonly found on the face, but can also be a problem on the chest and back.


Causes

Hormonal imbalances are the primary cause of this condition in women. Hormonal imbalances can be caused by a variety of factors including:
  • Diet
  • Genetics
  • Behaviors/ Activities
  • Medications
  • Life Stages
Hormonal changes in women often occur during puberty, pregnancy and during their periods. Birth control pills can easily throw off normal hormone levels causing a variety of problems such as acne and weight gain.

Other medications can have adverse side effects that can include unwanted hair growth. These include:
  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Danazol
  • Metoclopramide
  • Methyldopa
  • Phenothiazines
  • Progestin
  • Reserpine
  • Testosterone
Natural Solutions

To reduce unwanted hair on any part of the body where hair does not normally grow, working on your hormonal or endocrine system is the first step. While there are no herbs that promise to rid you of unwanted hair, many may help to lessen the problem. These herbs will work with your body on the inside to balance and restore the endocrine system:
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Licorice
  • Red Clover Tops
  • Fo-Ti Tieng
  • Maca
  • Blue Cohosh
  • Black Cohosh
  • Blessed Thistle
Changing your diet to one of natural, raw foods can be of help to the body as well. Try to avoid eating foods that are highly processed and contain added hormones. The added hormones could spike hormone levels in the body and create a larger problem. Eliminating chemical additives is also beneficial. Watch out for MSG, aspartame, lake dyes, BHT and all other unnatural ingredients.

Be sure to drink plenty of water. Water is the key component of health and our bodies function poorly without it. Aim to drink it least 8 glasses per day.

Detoxifying your body periodically throughout the year can be of help. This will help to reset all the body's functions, including the endocrine system.

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    Q: Do you have any remedies for unwanted hair.

    A:

    Unwanted hair denotes hormonal imbalance! TOO MUCH testosterone! Work on balancing your hormones. Consume hormone-rich herbs. Consider our Female Hormonal Formula and Hair-Skin-Nails or the individual herbs that are in them.

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    Q: Hi my hair is very dry I use to use African Royal braid sheen and my hair would stay moist but all of a sudden it stop working and started making my hair dry I tried Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moist Lotion and some of their other products but they made my hair sticky or dry right now I am using Carlos Daughter's Hair Milk but it not working my hair needs moisture what can I do my hair is natural not processed

    A:

    Try our HAIR OIL! Visit On-Line Store.

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    Q: I usually wear an Afro, but now I keep my hair in braids under a hat. A month ago my hair began to break, and my scalp got very dry. So, I started using shea butter, and olive oil. It started to work, soon after I made the mistake of putting braids, with synthetic fibers in my hair. It tore the sides of my hair out. I have about 6 or more inches of my hair left. What should I do now?

    A:

    Pour the oil into your palms, and then rub into you hair and then comb! Hair should be shiny, and smell good.

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    Q: What can I use to get rid of pimples and to get rid of black spots on my face? Also, I am an african american woman and I have facial hair; what can I do about that?

    A:

    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX. Next, TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE! Perform facial steaming too (as much as possible). Use OZ OIL after you steam your face. Only use a natural soap on your face, i.e. Kiss My Face.

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    Q: Do you have any facial products for sensitive acne prone skin, fragrance free oil?

    A:

    Facial products are coming to Dherbs.com very soon. Try bentonite clay for now. Great for acne!

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    Q: HELLO, I USE TO CHEMICALLY TREAT MY HAIR AND I NOTICE ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO I CUT MY HAIR OFF AND IT NEVER GREW BACK THE SAME, ALSO ITS THINNING IN THE MIDDLE AND THINNING A LIL OVER TIME. I THINK ITS BECAUSE OF THE PERM. BUT IM NOT SURE ITCOULD BE MY DIET TOO. I JUST WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT I SHOULD TAKE OR DO TO HELP PROMOTE THE GROWTH BACK. BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THERE IS STILL HAIR THERE I FEEL THE HAIR THE LIGHT HAIRS THERE NEW GROWTH ITS JUST NOT AS DARK OR AS THICK AS THE REST OF MY HAIR CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ...

    A:

    We cover hair loss in the articles "HAIR PROBLEMS" and "BLACK HAIR, NAPPY HAIR". Please read them for solutions and remedies offered therein. They are in our ARTICLES section!

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    Q: Thank you for the wonderful info you give to help us all live healthier lives. My concern is my hair loss. Is there an herbal remedies to help hair grow back like it did when I was in my young teens. I'm 41 years old now and my hair loss is primarily on the top. If you need to know my race (for any reason) I'm a black man. I do not want to use Rogain or any other chemicals to re grow my hair or pay money for hair transplants. Is there any hope to grow hair naturally or am I stuck with my genetic code of losing my hair? Thanks in advance!

    A:

    Please read our 2 articles on hair for solutions. "HAIR PROBLEMS", "BLACK HAIR, NAPPY HAIR"

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    Q: Do you feel that Jamaican black castor oil is effective in hair growth, I have thinning hair.

    A:

    We're not familiar with the product. Natural supplements however are best. We recommend taking hair vitamins and eating foods that promote hair health.

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    Q: I am in my 30's and my hair is salt and pepper. How do you feel about hair coloring? Are there any particular brands that are safe? (My hair is naturally black).

    A:

    Beloved, it really shouldn't matter how I feel about hair coloring. The question is, how do YOU feel about hair coloring? Follow your instincts and do what you feel is best for you. It's time for people to wake up and take control of their own lives and make their own decisions. Now yes, there are natural hair coloring agents on the market. Do the research and inquire. Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. For me personally, I use Henna, a natural herb. Though it?s a natural coloring agent, I use it not for coloring purposes but for hair maintenance. Do a check or research on henna and see if it's something you'd be interested in.

    Thank you for your interest!

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    Q: What can I do to stimulate and open up my hair shaft on the crown of my head? Should I wash my hair in Rosemary and not Shampoos? My scalp is becomes dry and itches. I no longer use perms and I have never used color.

    A:

    I suggest you read the articles "HAIR PROBLEMS" and "BLACK HAIR, NAPPY HAIR". They offer remedies too! Thank you for your interest and your understanding!

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    Q: I am writing to you because I recently had my blood checked for hormone levels, it turns out I am producing more of some male hormone in large amounts. I think its called the DHAEs, in any case the endocrine specialist says it could be cysts on my ovaries or a tumor in my adrenals that is making my count 163 where a normal woman produces this hormone at a 79 count, of course I am not claiming any tumors, and I asked her to send me back to the lab to "retake" a sample...before I go back, I would like to try regulate the glandular function with your help and see if the results differ.

    A:

    HMMM, DHAE OR DE-HYDRO EPI-ANDROSTERONE IT'S CALLED AND IS SOMEWHAT UNIQUE BECAUSE THE HORMONE "ANDROSTERONE" IS UNISEXUAL AND BOTH SEXES OR GENDERS PRODUCE IT BUT IT'S REALLY A FEMALE HORMONE BUT HAS BEEN GIVEN OR ATTRIBUTED TO MALES TO BALANCE WOMEN HAVING 2 HORMONES: PROGESTERONE AND ESTROGEN, AND SO NOW MALES HAVE TESTOSTERONE AND ANDROSTERONE. WELL, CLEARLY A HORMONAL IMBALANCE AND DENOTES A DEFICIENCY WITH THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM. RARELY, I WOULD AGREE WITH THE ENDOCRINOLOGIST IN THIS CASE BECAUSE DHAE IS PRODUCED IN AND SECRETED BY THE ADRENAL GLANDS. BUT YOU SEE, WHETHER OVARIES OR ADRENALS, YOU ARE DEALING WITH "GLANDS" AND IT STILL POINTS TO THE HORMONAL OR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM SO FOR SURE WE KNOW THE PROBLEM IS HERE WITH THIS BODILY SYSTEM (ENDOCRINE OR HORMONAL). FOR SURE ... I MOST DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND. WITHOUT A DOUBT I AM SUGGESTING THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE AND THE ADRENALIZER FORMULA (REMOVE ONE OF THE FORMULAS FROM THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE THAT YOU FEEL YOU DON'T NEED AND SUPPLEMENT WITH ADRENALIZER FORMULA.)

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    Q: I need some advice on whether I am taking the right herbs to balance my hormones. I have a mustache and a lot of hair on my face and acne. So I take saw palmetto for that. Also, I had an ovary removed about 2 years ago. Since then I have a problem with vaginal dryness and very low sex drive. I am always moody and irritated by everything. I am currently taking saw palmetto, vitex chaste berry, dong quai, and wild yam root, all in the form of a capsule. Please tell me if this combination is good for me.

    A:

    THE COMBINATION IS GOOD, BUT YOU HAVE A HORMONAL IMBALANCE AND SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON YOUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM. LOOK INTO OUR TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. YOU ARE PRODUCING MORE MALE-BASED HORMONES THAN FEMALE-BASED HORMONES. READ OUR ARTICLE â€FEMALE HORMONAL REPLACEMENT THERAPYâ€

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    Q: Are there any herbs that pregnant women should avoid during their pregnancy? My wife is pregnant and I'm thinking of ordering some herbs for her. Thank you.

    A:

    A pregnant woman should avoid goldenseal, pennyroyal, rue, blue cohosh, black cohosh, beth or birth root, and cramp bark to name a few. Take the time to read our "Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Detoxing."

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    Q: My hair has fallen out because of Subohorreic Dermatitis. Can you please help with this problem?

    A:

    It sounds like excess hardened mucus is in the head area. The skin of the scalp is also inflamed. You must change your diet no meats, no dairy products, no refined grains, because they breed more mucus. Detox your body (perform Full Body Detox followed by Total Woman Cleanse), and begin rebuilding your hormones with the Female Hormonal System. Please read our free health articles, we have 3 articles on hair problems.

    Article
    Black Hair, Nappy Hair
    Hair Problems
    Why Black Women Hair Fall Out

    Product Links:
    Full Body Detox
    Female Hormonal Formula
    Total Woman Cleanse

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    Q: I am nine weeks pregnant and having a difficult time. Before I was pregnant I was on an incredible herbal regimen that had me feeling like superwoman. But my herbalist is not very knowledgeable of what herbs are safe for pregnant women. I eat healthy, taken all-natural prenatal vitamins, but would like to do more to get that "Superwoman" feeling back. Is there a book u could recommend that might help educate me as to which herbs are safe and which to avoid during pregnancy?

    A:

    I know the feeling you're talking about. There are many books on herbs and pregnancy.

    Check out these 2 books:

    "Herbal Healing For Women" by Rosemary Gladstar

    "The Complete Woman's Herbal" by Anne McIntyre

    Herbs to avoid while pregnant include all OXYTOCIC herbs or herbs that make the uterus contract, i.e. Black Haw, Beth Root, Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, etc.; all ABORTAFACIENT (abortion-inducing herbs) such as Pennyroyal, Rue, etc.

    Study up on abortaficient herbs and oxytocic herbs and you'll be fine.

    Read our article on Pre Natal Health on our site under "Articles."

    You can have a healthy all-natural pregnancy and delivery.

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    Q: I have experienced dramatic hair loss in the last 7 months. The Dr.'s says it's stress. I have since eliminated stress, started working out, detoxing (ionic foot bath), and eliminating the bad foods. I have been known to eat excessively in the past. Im just not sure, if it is not my hormones off track, because of the poor diet, then what. Although, I believe that poor diet leads to any illness now. I would like to find one product that can focus on the bigger picture for me which is complete well being to STOP the hair loss and grow my hair back as thick and strong as it has always been. When the hair loss started I noticed constipation at the same time. The constipation is slowly getting better, but the hair loss really concerns me. I am a model, and my hair is my trademark. Do you know of any reputable naturalpaths in Atlanta? Is there a product of yours that you could suggest?

    A:

    Usually, the hormones are out of balance, usually the ovaries. Hair loss is a sign of degeneracy at the sexual reproductive level. Rebuild the endocrine system. Start by cleansing the body. Start by detoxing (Full Body Detox) followed by performing the Total Woman Cleanse. Also, learn to focus on what you desire (beautiful and healthy hair) and not what you don't want (hair fallout, hair problems). Our Mental Science Manual is good reading for healing with the mind in addition to herbs and other things.

    Product Links:
    Full Body Detox
    Total Woman Cleanse
    The Mental Science Manual

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    Q: Do you have anything that will function like the human growth formula and turn back the hands of time? Also, I have two friends that have been complaining about the same problem lately. They each have a prolapsed uterus due to childbearing and are unfortunately causing them a host of other problems including UTIs and blood in their urine. Do you have any recommendations for a prolapsed uterus?

    A:

    I highly recommend that these women try the 3-week Total Woman Cleanse (TWC).

    An exercise for prolapsed uterus involves anti-gravity exercise (placing legs higher than head for about 30-minutes). Lay on the floor with legs up on the sofa or perhaps against the wall. Gravity will pull on the uterus and in time pull it back in place.

    This exercise works well while performing the Total Woman Cleanse.

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    Q: I am a 39 yr old woman with acne. Today I visited the dermatologist and he suggested that I take spironolactone. I have an issue with prescription drugs. Although I want to get rid of this horrible acne and scaring I don't the side effects of this drug. The doctor mentioned that this drug would reduce the male hormone. What would you suggest that I take in order to balance this hormonal war inside my body? Sincerely

    A:

    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX. Use Bentonite Clay on your face. Apply OZ OIL on your face as well. These products are available in our on-line store. Please read our article on "ACNE".

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    Q: Thank you for the cancer info...It is welcome and beyond informative, however, I take issue with your remark that "women would be wise to just accept the fact that they are female by nature and God made them to have (deliver) babies and they should stop trying to compete with and be like men." Part of me is not surprised--men make comments like this all the time. I chalk it up to ignorance, as men enjoy living their entire lives not having to endure periods, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and lord knows what else. So because a woman does not want to have children--at all, or at a particular time in her life--she wants to be a man?! That's an illogical conclusion you are making. So why are there pregnant women with cancer, some of which who have never taken BC pills? Are women entitled to making any sort of control over their reproductive health? What about women who are infertile, naturally? If they develop cancer, is it because they never gave birth to a child? Are you willing to support all of the children that will result from women not being on Birth Control, since many people cannot afford several children on their incomes? This line of reasoning makes some women think that men really need to get over themselves. I think you have been reading too much Freud. Some women, present company included, appreciate our femininity and everything that encompasses being a woman. At the same time, this is not the dark ages--and even then, women chose not to have children during different times in their lives. Surely you are aware that in non-Western countries women utilize natural herbs to control their reproduction or as abortifacients? I am not advocating abortion; my point is that if you are going to criticize women taking BC pills, you may as well extend this criticism to women naturally preventing pregnancy via alternative means.

    A:

    Birth control pills play a big role in female reproductive cancers. Women would be wise to just accept the fact that they are female by nature and God made them to have (deliver) babies and they should stop trying to compete with and be like men. In attempting to stop or prevent life (birth control), they are ending up losing their very own lives. And the birth control pills cause cancer in areas of the body that denote femininity (breasts, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus and vagina). This is a form of language here. You have disease and female organ(s) which basically means your disease is specifically related to an issue of femaleness or femininity, that's why the disease manifests in these "female" organs. In attempting to be like and compete with males, females compromise their feminine integrity and goddess nature which "eats them up" (anger, frustration, sadness, etc.) inside. When the cancer appears in any female organ, it serves as a sign or sensor that the problem lies on a deeper metaphysical level pertaining to emotions, thoughts and attitude."

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    Q: I want to know why I have oil face all the time. It bothers me so much?

    A:

    YOU MAY HAVE A HORMONAL IMBALANCE THAT CAUSES YOUR FACE TO BE OILY. I FIXED MY CONDITION BY WORKING ON MY ENDOCRINE SYSTEM. GOOD THINGS TO CONSIDER TAKING INCLUDE TOTAL MALE CLEANSETOTAL MALE CLEANSE, MALE HORMONAL FORMULA, AND HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA.

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