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This is “the plant for women”, recognized by it’s “horny”phalic purple vertical flower cluster and 5 finger pointy leaves slightly resembling marijuana. The berries, young leaves, stems and flowers can be used raw right off the tree, or as tea, for menstrual pain and problems, breast pain and problems, hormone issues, menopause, fertility, acne, PMS. Stimulates the pituitary to raise progesterone levels. Progesterone stimulates bone growth. This hormone also converts to estrogen which prevents bone loss. Source of bioflavonoids. Berries are considered a tonic for both male and female reproductive systems. Do not take while pregnant. Also used for inflammation issues like sore throat, tonsils, stomach pain, intestinal inflammation, joint inflammation, arthritis, rheumatism etc. Just grab some leaves, berries and make tea.
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Chaste tree was found effective in regulating hormones and improving pregnancy rates, providing promise in the treatment of endometriosis-induced infertility.
Neem (acetone), 5-leaved chaste tree (acetone), China box (acetone), banyan (acetone), and crown flower (ethanol) extracts caused 100% mortality at 30 h after treatment with 500 mg/L (with 50% acetone as diluent).
Chaste tree berries are becoming increasingly popular for the treatment of PMS symptoms, in addition to other ailments.
"Chaste tree berry is the most important herb for normalising and regulating the menstrual cycle," she says.
products made from the fruit of chaste tree exhibit the same positive menstrual effects as the leading German brand, upon which over 30 clinical studies have been conducted?
Chaste tree is a deciduous aromatic shrub native to Mediterranean Europe, central Asia and parts of India, but now widely cultivated in sub-tropical regions.
Vitex Agnus Castus, more commonly known as Monks' Pepper or The Chaste Tree, is a shrub which has been in cultivation since 1570.
The product PMS 1 uses chaste tree berry, black cohosh and passionflower extract to balance hormones and combat the physical and psychological symptoms.
A couple of other commonly used CAM therapies worth considering are the fruit or leaves of the chaste tree for PMS and evening primrose oil for cyclic breast tenderness, he continued.
If your headaches are due to hormonal imbalances then herbs such as chaste tree, black cohosh and fennel may be effective, or if it is due to circulatory problems then warming herbs which improve circulation to the head would be useful - try ginkgo, ginger, peppermint and rosemary.
For a valuable shrub or small tree that's simple to grow, consider growing chaste tree (Vitex agnuscastus).