vitex agnus-castus

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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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Her scientific publications relate to menopausal symptoms, PMS like symptoms, Vitex agnus-castus and issues surrounding the placebo response.
Vitex agnus-castus, essential oil and menopausal balance: a self-care survey.
Flavonoids of fruits of Vitex agnus-castus. Plantas Med., 48: 126.
References to the use of Vitex agnus-castus as a sitz bath for 'diseases of the uterus' can be found as far back as Hippocrates in 4th century BC and Dioscorides in AD77 (Hawley 1995).
Effects of a combination of Hypericum perforatum and Vitex agnus-castus on PMS-like symptoms in late-perimenopausal women: findings from a subpopulation analysis.
A methanol extract of chaste-tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus L.) was tested for its ability to displace radiolabeled estradiol from the binding site of estrogen receptors alpha (ER[alpha]) and beta (ER[beta]).
Key words: estrogen receptor alpha (ER[alpha]) and beta (ER[beta]), progesterone receptor, chaste-berry (Vitex agnus-castus), linoleic acid
Vitex agnus-castus, or chaste tree, is one of the most versatile herbs for women's health.
2011 systematic review of Vitex agnus-castus (VAC) evaluated the efficacy of this herb in alleviating symptoms of PMS and highlighted the only (better than placebo) benefits were derived from the use of European dosage forms.
The test materials included samples from three species each of the genera Cimicifuga (Actaea) and Trifolium, as well as samples of Vitex agnus-castus L., Glycyrrhiza glabra L., Gingko biloba L., Valeriana officinalis L., Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels, Viburnum prunifolium L., Humulus lupulus L., Vacciniurn macrocarpon Ait., Panax ginseng C.A.
Vitex agnus-castus is beneficial for ovulatory factors associated with PCOS; in particular it has been shown to downregulate the production of excess prolactin, a condition known as hyperprolactinemia.
Vitex agnus-castus L, otherwise known as chaste tree or monk's pepper, has a long history in Western herbal medicine.