Natural hormone balance, PCOS

Anti-androgen supplements to reduce excessive body and facial hair


There are several natural ways to balance your hormones and help to heal your body. Natural remedies for Polycystic OvarySyndrome can be very helpful at reducing your symptoms. Using herbs is another option your should consider for reducing unwanted hair growth. Herbs have fewer side effects than medications and are gentler on the body. They can also help to boost your immune system. I have been using natural remedies for several years now. I feel better. I have had more success with managing my symptoms holistically compared to using traditional medication, I am going to share with you a few anti-androgen supplements to reduce excessive body and facial hair.


Licorice is the root and underground stems of a herbaceous semiannual plant called Glycyrrhiza glabra. There are several benefits to using licorice to treat hormonal imbalance caused by PCOS.

  1. It is a natural anti-androgen

It helps to stimulate endocrine glands to maintain optimal levels of estrogen. This makes it an effective remedy for symptoms of excess hair growth.
2. It is a natural anti-inflammatory

3. It helps to prevent adrenal fatigue
It promotes healthy levels of cortisol in the body.

4.It helps to stimulate the immune system

5. It helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and prevents insulin resistance.

6. It can help to treat leaky gut and improve digestive health.

7. Powdered licorice can help clear up cystic acne when applied topically.

How to use it:

Licorice comes in powder, extract and capsule form. Licorice is also available as a tea. Licorice tea can be found in most health food stores and online. It is often combined with white peony root to help balance hormones. Licorice root can cause decreased potassium levels. It is a good idea to eat potassium rich foods when you are supplementing with licorice. Licorice root should only be used for 4-6 weeks at a time.

Reasons not to take it:Do not take licorice root if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding. Nobody should take it for more than 6 weeks at a time.


White Peony root

White peony is a plant. Combined with licorice it is effective in reducing hirsutism. It has the following properties:

  1. It can reduce high androgen levels and increase estrogen levels.
  2. It can help regulate your menstrual cycle.
  3. It supports liver function.

How to use it:

White peony root can be taken as a capsule or a tea. Combinations of licorice and peony can be purchased in both of these forms.

Reasons not to take it:
Do not use white peony root if you are pregnant or have a bleeding disorder. It should not be consumed for more than 4 weeks at a time.


Reishi is a mushroom with the Latin name ganodermo lucidum.

It can be used for several reasons:

  1. It is an anti-androgen.It inhibits an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase, reducing the amount of testosterone converted to DHT.
  2. It is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  3. It reduces anxiety and depression.
  4. It can boost immunity.
  5. It can speed up metabolism.

How to use it:

      Reishi can be taken as a capsule, a powder or as a tea. You can also buy fresh reishi mushrooms. Fresh mushrooms will need to be soaked in water overnight before using them. Powder can be added to other foods such as soup or smoothies. It is best to take capsules first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Vitamin C will help with the absorption of Reishi.

Reasons not to take it:

Reishi should not be used if you are on blood thinners or have an auto immune disorder.


Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is a small palm tree with berries found in Florida and parts of the other southeastern states.

It is most commonly used by men for prostate health. However, it has shown to be effective as an anti-androgen in women when taken for long periods of time. It has the following benefits:

  1. It helps to regulate levels of free testosterone in the body.This makes it effective for reducing excessive body and facial hair growth in women.
  2. It can prevent hormonal acne
  3. It has anti-inflammatory properties.

How to use it:

Saw palmetto can be taken as a capsule or liquid. The recommended dose is 400mg or 1 teaspoon each day after meals. It can take up to six weeks to see an improvement of symptoms

Reasons not take it:

Saw Palmetto should not be taken if you have a bleeding or blood clot disorder, liver disease or a pancreas disorder. It should not be consumed if you are pregnant.


Spearmint is one of the most effective herbs for reducing facial hair in women.

  1. It is an anti-androgen.
  2. It is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  3. It can boost immunity.
  4. It can aide in gut healing.

How to use it:

Spearmint can be taken a capsule. 400- 500 mg per day is the recommended dose. It is most commonly taken as a tea. Two to 4 cups per day has been shown to be effective in reducing unwanted facial hair in women. Spearmint tea can be bought commercially as tea bags or made from fresh spearmint leaves.

Reasons not to take it:

Spearmint should not be used if you are pregnant. It is not recommended if you have kidney or liver disease.




There are several natural supplements that are effective in reducing unwanted hair growth caused by hormonal disorders. Reducing hair growth by using supplements is a long process. It my take several months to see results. Consult with your doctor before stopping medications.


Have any of these supplements worked for you? Let me know in the comments below.









































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  1. Kegan says:

    Very interesting! Reishi is a new one I had not heard of – I have personally tried licorice root, however it makes my heart RACE way worse than 5 coffees so I had to let it go. I’ve also tried nettle, saw palmetto and pygeum but I’m not really sure I’ve seen much results.

    Do you think that systemic vs. topical application has a difference where anti androgens are concerned?

    1. admin says:

      Right now there are not very many topical anti androgen s that target hirtsutism. Vaniqa is the only one I know about.I have never been able to try it due to the cost. My insurance refuses to co pay for it.

      I  belong to some PCOS groups. Spearmint tea seems to be the one with the most success on the discussion boards. That is what I am taking right now.

  2. Chase says:

    I had no idea that Spearmint could be used as a hair removal tonic – that’s really interesting and I know my wife might want to try this out. Thanks for all the info and the recommended ways to use these supplements. But, which do you think offers best results: capsule form or tea form?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Chase,

      More women seem to report seeing results from the tea.

  3. Tiffany Domena says:

    Great article! I know so many women who suffer from PCOS. It seems to be a very common thing nowadays. The natural remedies were very helpful, and I’ll definitely have to share that information. My question is …Have you found it better to apply these things topically or to ingest them? How do they effect the hair growth? I thought they would remove the hair, but is it more of a hormone balancing activity that stops the increased hair growth?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      Balancing the hormones is definitely necessary to stop increased hair growth.That is the problem with most of the conventional medicines for pcos. They treat the symptoms but not the cause of the problem. I think internal takes longer but will have better results. It is possible to do a combination of both. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Matt's Mom says:

    I’m interested in the Saw Palmetto and the Reishi. Seems one helps lower DHT and the other Testosterone. I thought that these were one in the same. If I have excessive hair loss, which would be better. I read that when the hormones are, testosterone is too high, and DHT builds up….this causes the hair loss. Will one of these help with that?

    1. admin says:

      For the problem of hair loss I try the Saw Palmetto. It appears to have a higher rate of success for that problem. Another herb you could take for hair loss is Ashwaganda. 500 mg daily has been shown to encourage hair growth by helping your body adapt to stress and reducing cortisol levels.

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