Vitex has been used for 2500 years as a safe and mild remedy for premenstrual, menstrual and menopausal symptoms.
Vitex or Chaste Berry is a native of the Mediterranean region and sometimes also called Chaste Tree, Chaste Berry, Abraham's Balm or Monk's Pepper. The ripening seeds, flowers, leaves and tender stems are harvested for medicinal purposes. Vitex's benefits are purely natural and its leaves, flowers, and berries may be eaten right off the plant as a medicinal food.
Many menstrual problems are traced to deficient progesterone production during the second half of the menstrual cycle, called the luteal phase. Insufficient progesterone during this phase results in estrogen dominance, leading to a shortening of the luteal phase, (called luteal phase defect). This can cause heavy periods, scanty periods, too frequent periods or no periods at all. Prolactin, another pituitary hormone, may also be elevate during this time, causing breast tenderness and pain, classic symptoms of PMS.
Vitex is not a phytoestrogen, rather it works through the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, (an important chemical pathway) to balance female hormones. Vitex extract has been extensively studied in Europe, particularly Germany, where it has been used since the 1950's. Clinical studies show that vitex extract reduces headaches, breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue, cravings for sweets, feeling of anxiety and irritability, depression and mood swings, often after only one month.
Vitex or Chaste Berry has long been thought to reduce the libido in both men and women, hence the name Chaste Tree or Chaste Berry. Ancient Athenian women slept on the stems and leaves during the time of the Thesmophoria, when Athenian women left their husband's beds to remain ritually chaste. Chaucer, refers to Vitex as an attribute of the chaste Diana in 'The Flower and the Leaf'. 16th-century English herbalist William Turner reports the same anaphrodisiac properties of the seed, both fried and not fried. Vitex also goes by the name, Monk's Pepper, because it was taken to reduce the libido of celibate monks.
More recent clinical studies have shown Vitex's effectiveness in reducing symptoms of various gynecological problems, such as Premenustral Stress Syndrome (PMS), Cyclical Mastalgia, mild Hyperprolactinemia, Luteal Phase Defect. Vitex or Chaste Berry works exceptionally well but takes time to build effectiveness. It may take 3-4 months to kick in, so you should notice tremendous relief around your third or fourth menstrual cycle after you begin taking Vitex or Chaste Berry.
Vitex is also recommended for teenage acne.
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Suggestions: Take 1 capsule, 1-3 times per day preferably before breakfast.