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Types of Human Growth Hormone Treatments

written by: Jonathan Hamilton•edited by: Diana Cooper•updated: 3/30/2011

Different types of human growth hormone (HGH) treatments are available, ranging from FDA regulated injections to homeopathic sprays. HGH can be used to treat a variety of ailments stemming from improper growth hormone levels in the body, and is thought by some to be a fountain of youth.

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    What is Human Growth Hormone?

    Somatotropin, a growth hormone (GH) created naturally by the pituitary gland, is key in enabling growth throughout childhood. Somatotropin further plays a pivotal role in keeping organs and tissues healthy throughout the lifetime of a human being. This is due to its growth and regenerative properties that enables it to repair damage to the body as well as generate new cells.

    For children and adults who have insufficient hormone output, synthetic human growth hormones (HGH) have been made available through a variety of therapies which can restore proper growth hormone levels in the body. More controversially, HGH is said to have a reversal effect on aging. The bodies' ability to create growth hormones decreases naturally due to age, and an artificial increase in growth hormone levels can potentially cause the body to regenerate itself at a more efficient rate then it would be able to naturally.

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    Types of Human Growth Hormone Treatments

    There are three major ways a person can attempt to have HGH treatments done:

    Injections

    Injections are available with a doctor's prescription and are the most effective way to administer HGH. They are regulated by the FDA and are only approved to treat certain ailments. Injections can be a very expensive treatment, and, unless self-administration is allowed by the doctor, injections have to be administered by a qualified professional.

    Sprays

    HGH sprays are available without a prescription. The sprays are designed to be sprayed into the mouth, which will allow for quick absorption through the lining of the mouth. Sprays are often homeopathic in nature, and the only benefit provided from these sprays would be the amino acids and vitamins contained therein.

    Pills

    HGH pills, like the sprays, only contain a small amount of HGH and are also available without a prescription. Pills will often contain no HGH at all, and will instead contain other ingredients such as amino acids, vitamins and herbs that are designed to help the body produce more of its own natural growth hormones.

    While sprays and pills are considerably less expensive then injections, and do not require a prescription, there is some question of their effectiveness. Pills and sprays are more useful for people who want to take advantage of the possible rejuvenating properties of HGH, and less for those with serious medical conditions which require the more potent injections.

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    Side Effects and Scams

    The following are side effects and scams that you should be aware of when taking the different types of human growth hormone treatments:

    • There are side effects to human growth hormone injections that should be discussed with a doctor. Mild side effects may include joint pain and a bit of fluid retention. If an HGH user uses HGH over a long period of time, or overuses HGH for its possible health benefits, side effects could include high blood pressure, abnormal bone growth, diabetes, arrhythmias and even a complete shut down of the pituitary gland. The more extreme side effects are generally only a factor in cases of significant HGH abuse.
    • Some companies take advantage of the lack of regulation regarding pills and sprays and may produce items that are of very low quality. Be sure to research possible supplements before buying anything.
    • Homeopathic remedies are also available, but, from a strictly scientific standpoint, there is no advantage to using a homeopathic remedy over using a simple placebo.
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    References

    About HGH: http://www.hgh9.com/

    Injection and Supplemental Types of HGH: http://www.ehow.com/about_5561741_types-hgh.html

    Injection Types and Potential Benefits of Supplements: and http://www.hgh.org/HGH-Supplements.html

    More HGH Therapy Information: http://www.hgh-human-growth-hormone.org/various-types-of-hgh.htm

    Possible Side Effects of HGH Use: http://www.antiaginginfo.net/hgh-side-effects.htm