Spearmint Tea Shown to Have Positive Effect On Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
A study that appeared in the February 2010 issue of Phytotherapy Research was recently posted online suggesting that spearmint tea has the potential to reduce hirsutism, excessive hair growth, associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
The study entitled Spearmint herbal tea has significant anti-androgen effects in polycystic ovarian syndrome. A randomized controlled trial. was a 30-day trial that also contained a control group.
While the trial did not demonstrate that spearmint tea cures hirsutism or even that it significantly reduces the symptom, it did find that “there was a clear and significant alteration in the relevant hormone levels.”
In other words, the study is suggesting that spearmint tea has the potential to reduce hirsutism over time and suggests that a longer term study be conducted.
The researchers state:
It was demonstrated and confirmed that spearmint has antiandrogen properties, the simple fact that this does not clearly translate into clinical practice is due to the relationship between androgen hormones and follicular hair growth and cell turnover time. Simply put, the study duration was not long enough. The original studies from Turkey were in fact only 5 days long. The time taken for hirsutism to resolve is significant and a much longer future study is proposed as the preliminary findings are encouraging that spearmint has the potential for use as a helpful and natural treatment for hirsutism in PCOS.
While not conclusive, the study shows great potential not only for spearmint tea in regards to this specific illness but that natural methods continue to be researched and investigated in regards to this and other health-related issues.
After 30 days, three significant benefits were noted, as abstracted by Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS:
(milli International Units/mL)
|Self-Rated Hirsutism (0-30)||Ferriman-Gallwey (0-36)|
|Spearmint Tea||23.5% decrease
(0.81 to 0.62)
(5.25 to 7.23)
(17 to 11)
(17 to 16)
|Chamomile Tea||8.1% decrease
(0.87 to 0.80)*
(5.47 to 5.23)*
(18 to 15)*
(17 to 16)
|p – value||< 0.05||< 0.05||< 0.05||< 0.05|
*Statistical significance was not reached
Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.