• BY Dr. Rajeev's Clinic
  • 31-Dec-2022

Hirsutism is the unwanted male-pattern hair growth on face, chest and back on a woman. Hirsutism is usually the result of an underlying endocrine imbalance, which may be adrenal, ovarian, or central. It can be caused by increased levels of androgen hormones. It is different from hypertrichosis, which is excessive hair growth anywhere on the body.


Endocrine causes:

  • Endocrine causes of hirsutism include:
  • Ovarian cysts such as in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common cause in women.
  • Adrenal gland tumors, adrenocortical adenomas, and adrenocortical carcinoma, as well as adrenal hyperplasia due to pituitary adenomas (as in Cushing's disease).
  • Inborn errors of steroid metabolism such as in congenital adrenal hyperplasia, most commonly caused by 21-hydroxylase deficiency.
  • Acromegaly and gigantism (growth hormone and IGF-1 excess), usually due to pituitary tumors.


Causes of hirsutism not related to hyperandrogenism include:

  • Familial: Family history of hirsutism with normal androgen levels.
  • Drug-induced: medications were used before the onset of hirsutism.
  • Androgens like testosterone, anabolic steroids, and androgenic progestins
  • Pregnancy: Due to changes in hormone production


Treatment of hirsutism is indicated when hair growth causes patient distress. Homoeopathy has a lot of potential in the treatment of HIRSUTISM as it is based on concept of DYNAMIC, INDIVIDUALISTIC, AND HOLISTIC philosophy. Homoeopathic philosophy holds that, while an organ may appear to be diseased, the individual as a whole is ill. In addition, the homoeopathic method believes that the body is a constitution that must be treated as a whole. Age, gender, genetic variables, physical inactivity, socioeconomic level, eating habits, psychosocial factors, familial inclination, endocrine factors, alcohol, education, smoking, ethnicity and drugs are all essential contributors in the development of HIRSUTISM.