Fennel may have a therapeutic effect in reducing the risk of unwanted hair growth in women, some scientists suggested.
Hirsutism is an unwanted hair growth pattern in women.
The exact causes of Hirsutism are unknown. However, researchers do know certain risk factors are associated to the early onset of the disease, including women who have a persistent hormone imbalance, are obese.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a plant species of the genus, belonging to Apiaceae (Umbelliferae), native to the Mediterranean.
The herb or food has been used in traditional and herbal medicine as warming, carminative, antispasmodic, antidepressant agent and to stimulate the appetite, ease indigestion, soothe coughing, reduce intestinal spasms, to regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve PMS,...
The double-blind study, using an ethanolic extract of Fennel, obtained by a Soxhlet apparatus to test the efficacy against the expression of idiopathic hirsutism of a total of 38 patients, includes women with idiopathic hirsutism, a normal ovulatory menstrual cycle and normal levels of serum androgens but exhibited male growth pattern were selected to participate.
All patients were assigned randomly to receive either topical cream containing 1%, 2% of Fennel extract or placebo.
At the end of the experiment, researchers found that application of fennel cream exerts a significant effect in reducing hair growth diameter compared to placebo.
Specifically, the mean values of hair diameter reduction were 7.8%, 18.3% and -0.5% for patients receiving the creams containing 1%, 2% and 0% (placebo) respectively, without inducing any untolerated adverse effects.
However, due to the limited information provided by the small sample size, short period time of follow-up and the case severity does not include in both studies, Additional studies are necessary to reconfirm fennel anti Hirsutism viability.
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(1) Antihirsutism activity of Fennel (fruits of Foeniculum vulgare) extract. A double-blind placebo controlled study by Javidnia K1, Dastgheib L, Mohammadi Samani S, Nasiri A.(PubMed)
(2) The effect of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) gel 3% in decreasing hair thickness in idiopathic mild to moderate hirsutism, A randomized placebo controlled clinical trial by Ozra Akha, MD,1 Khadijeh Rabiei, MD,*,2 Zahra Kashi, MD,1 Adele Bahar, MD,1 Elham Zaeif-Khorasani, MD,1 Mehrnoush Kosaryan, MD,3 Majid Saeedi, PhD,4 Mohammad Ali Ebrahimzadeh, PhD,5 and Omid Emadian, MD(PubMed)