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CHASTE TREE
(Vitex agnus-castus)

Chaste tree berry has long been the herb of choice for easing women's monthly discomforts. Chaste tree berry contains unique plant-derived nutrients that have special effects on women's health, and these nutrients help to regulate hormone levels, as well as relieve hormone-related problems associated with menstruation, PMS and menopause.

PROPERTIES:
Parts used: berry

 • the greatest use of Chaste berry lies in normalizing the activity of female sex hormones, and it is thus indicated for dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual stress and other disorders related to hormone function

• reputation as an aphrodisiac (reducing sexual desire)

• is said to have the effect of stimulating and normalizing pituitary gland functions

• used to aid the body in regaining a natural balance after the prolonged use of birth control pills.

• Chaste berry contains several different constituents, including flavonoids, iridoid glycosides and terpenoids. The whole fruit extract, rather than one of its individual constituents, appears to be necessary for the medicinal activity of Chasteberry. However, Chasteberry does not contain hormones. The benefits of Chasteberry appear to stem from its actions upon the pituitary gland - specifically on the production of a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH). Chasteberry also keeps prolactin secretions in check.

• Chasteberry may also help reduce some of the undesirable symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes associated with the reduction in the production of progesterone. 


SUGGESTED DOSAGE: Tincture: 10 to 60 drops three times a day or 2 to 10 pumps of the spray.

CONTRA INDICATIONS: None Known 

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.