Does Ashwagandha powder help in increasing the height of a 14 year old?

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Posted on Wed, 6 May 2015 in Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
Question: hi my daughter is 14 years old started menarche since 10 years old. she stopped growing and she is only 153 cm..... can she eat ashwaghanda powder or aswaghanda lehyam ? which is better >
she has done some hormonal test everything is normal except for dheas is quite high..... shoud i be worry abt this,,,,,has checked pcos is negative. doctor said dheas high is normal for teenagers
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Answered by Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Few questions

Detailed Answer:
Good day,
Noted your concern.
Height of a person is dependent very much on hereditary and genetic factors.
We need to find out why she stopped growing. At Menarche they will have the accelerated growth of 11-12 cm a year and after 3-4 years, the growth rate will reduce. It could be the case with her. What is her father's and mother's exact height ( in centimeters). Can you tell me the exact DHEA-S report? Was it done in the fasting state 2-3 days after starting of periods?
Did she have a thyroid blood test? How is her period now?
Regards
Binu
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Follow up: Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai 9 minutes later
my height is 158 and her father is 175.... she grow only 2 cms last year and stop growing.
is putting tooth braces related to height ?
dhea is 7.1 umol/L
free T4 is 13.99 pmol/L
TSH is o.8970 mIU/L

she was not doing the test when she got period.....just bcs we want to check the height and doctor ask us to check blood test
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Answered by Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
DHEA-S is normal. She is in the range of her genetic height potential

Detailed Answer:
Her genetic potential of height is 160 cm +/- 10 cm ( based on parent's height).
Thyroid blood tests are normal. So in fact she is with in normal range of her height now.

DHEA-S is normal. ( actually it should be done on empty stomach on day 2 or 3 of periods).

Braces doesn't cause any change in height.

You may need to meet an endocrinologist to examine her and also to do an XRAY of wrist to look at bone age.

Regards
Binu


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Follow up: Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai 7 minutes later
in the lab test is written the normal range should be 0.2 to 4.6 umol/L she is 7.1.

has done x ray and already 98 percent.

can she take ashwaghanda ?
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Answered by Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai 8 minutes later
Brief Answer:
IGF-1 and Xray reports. Can you attach them?

Detailed Answer:
DHEA-S of 7.1 is just high and can not be considered abnormal. Besides, the time of collection was not right. We consider it significant when the levels are above 10 and alarming if the levels are > 22.

It is quite common for DHEA-S ( an adrenal male hormone secreted in boys and girls) to be little above normal in puberty. DOes she have any excess hair growth in face or chest etc?

What do you mean by 98% in Xray. I wanted to know the bone age. Can you attach the Xray ??

Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic preparation and we unfortunately do not have knowledge about ayurvedic medicines.

You have to realize that the speed of growth reduces by 14 years in girls. ( especially if she had menarche at 10 yrs, her breast development would have started by 8-9 years and she will have rapid height growth for 3-4 years following that. Then the speed reduces)

Did you do an IGF-1 test?

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Follow up: Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai 2 hours later
Igf 1 is 424
The bone age is 15 years old.
Can you suggest any medicine to increase height ?
We dont want to use hgh injection
I noticed she grow very slow after put on tooth braces.... and we take out the braces and she grew a bit abt 2 cm then stop completely. They said tooth braces related to pituitary gland. Is it correct ? Bcs as parents i feel so guilty
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Answered by Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai 38 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Dental braces have nothing to do with heigh

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXXX,

Dental braces have nothing to do with pituitary or height.

IGF-1 of 424 ng/L is quite normal for a 14 year old girl. She is only 14 years and have 3-4 years more to grow. Ofcourse the growth now will be slow, about 3-4 cm maimum per year. ( in her puberty starting time, you would have noticed 10-12 cm growth per year)

There are medicines to slow down the action of estrogen (aromatase inhibitors like Letrazole) on bone so that height can be increased. But before that, i would like to have a look at her XRAY myself when i return to my office tomorrow morning. Do you have a copy of it? Could you attach that to this question? It is very unlikely to be 15!!!!. If that is the case, her bone age is advanced which is associated with some other conditions.

She doesnt require hGH now. It i important to give her sufficient calcium and vitamin D to her. Make her play and keep healthy weight. Improve her general nutrition, but avoid excess weight gain. Avoid steroids of any sort.
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Follow up: Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai 5 hours later
The x ray is with the doctor in singapore. I dont have it with me. However doctor said the bone matuted earlier
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Answered by Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Letrazole

Detailed Answer:
Oh okay. If she had acceleration of bone age, then it is a problem. This could happen if she had premature puberty. But you said she had menarche at 10 years which is normal pubertal age. I don't know if your endocrinologist investigated why she had bone age acceleration.

you could also discuss with endo about starting Letrazole for sometime. This drug blocks estrogen and delays fusion of growth plate of bone. So she could buy some more time to grow taller. It's controversial but sometimes we use it.

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