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Anti-Androgenic Effects of Spearmint Tea (Mentha Spicata)

  title={Anti-Androgenic Effects of Spearmint Tea (Mentha Spicata)},
  author={R. Donnelly},
Background: Females with elevated androgens can suffer from hirsutism, the most common clinical manifestation of hyperandrogenemia. Hirsutism affects 5 to 10% of females and is defined as excessive hair growth in females in a male pattern, for example excess hair growth on the jaw, neck, chest or back. Other clinical manifestations of elevated androgens include alopecia, acne and ovulatory and menstrual irregularities. Spearmint tea has been shown to lower androgenic hormones in rats prompting… Expand


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The results confirmed that consumption of tea steeped with M. spicata or M. piperita caused a diminished libido in hirsute women, and antiandrogenic effects of spearmint and peppermint were found previously in rats. Expand
An Update on Plant Derived Anti-Androgens
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Spearmint herbal tea has significant anti‐androgen effects in polycystic ovarian syndrome. a randomized controlled trial
  • P. Grant
  • Medicine
  • Phytotherapy research : PTR
  • 2010
No research has yet been undertaken to assess whether a reduction in androgen levels brought about by spearmint tea, translates to a clinical improvement in the degree of hirsutism. Expand
The effect of Mentha spicata Labiatae on uterine tissue in rats
It was concluded that lipid peroxidation and uterine damage occurs after M. spicata administration in rat uterus after herbal tea is used as a herbal agent in indigestion. Expand
Investigation of biochemical and histopathological effects of Mentha piperitaLabiatae and Mentha spicata Labiatae on liver tissue in rats
It was concluded that lipid peroxidation and hepatic damage occurs after M. piperita and M. spicata administration in rat liver and the damage seems to be dose dependent. Expand
Allergic contact dermatitis from Mentha spicata (spearmint)
A 64-year-old non-atopic woman presented with painful erythemato-edemato-vesico-bullous lesions on the right knee after repeated applications of compresses with an infusion made with fresh leaves of Mentha spicata, for pain in the knee due to gonarthrosis. Expand
Investigation of biochemical and histopathological effects of Mentha piperita L. and Mentha spicata L. on kidney tissue in rats
The results indicate that M. piperita does not show nephrotoxicity but M. spicata presents markedly neph rotoxic changes in rats. Expand
Clinical assessment of body hair growth in women.
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Use of combination estrogen-progestin contraceptives in the treatment of hyperandrogenism and hirsutism
  • Accessed July
  • 2016