by KAREN HELLESVIG-GASKELL
Testosterone is a type of androgen or male hormone. Medications to lower or block testosterone are sometimes prescribed to help prevent and treat a variety of conditions in men and women.
Certain herbs also have anti-androgenic effects, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, or UMMC. Talk to your health care provider before taking herbs for medical conditions.
Considerations Of Herbal Testosterone Blocker Androgens can be produced naturally or synthetically manufactured. Testosterone is the most plentiful androgen in men, and women also produce androgens in the ovaries and adrenal cortex.
Although most androgens in the female body are instantly converted into estrogens or female hormones, the androgens that remain can help guard against osteoporosis and impact sexual desire.
Effects Of Herbal Testosterone Blockers In general, anti-androgens work by reducing the production of androgens or by inhibiting the body’s ability to use the androgens it produces.
Anti-androgen medications or supplements may be used in the treatment of prostate cancer by decreasing or inhibiting the supply of male sex hormones that promote the growth and spread of cancer, notes the website MedicalDictionary.com
They also may also help slow a type of inherited hair loss in men and women called androgenic alopecia, and help to clear acne by slowing the discharge of an oily substance called sebum, which relies on androgen production.
Anti-androgens may also help treat a condition called hirsutism that causes women to grow excess hair on the face, chest and other areas where men typically grow hair.