Chasteberry: the Miracle Herb for Women

Chasteberry: the Miracle Herb for Women

Vitex agnus-castus, colloquially known as simply chasteberry, is an herb that has been used for many years as a treatment for various health complications.  The plant which this berry grows on is simply called a vitex.  The chasteberries are very small and black – even tinier than a blueberry.  The vitex plant originates in the Mediterranean region and its fruit can be used as an extract in liquid supplements, pills, tinctures, and even tea when it is dried and steeped in hot water.  Chasteberry tea is often used as an additive in goldenseal tea.  Mixing chasteberry and goldenseal benefits the body by providing relief from just about every common illness.

Uses for Chasteberries

 The majority of significant uses for the chasteberry relate to female exclusive problems, though it has some effect on men as well to treat things like acne or fight off prostate cancer.  It can be used as a natural hormonal control for women, and cull the levels of testosterone in men in the event of overproduction.  This berry boasts the ability to provide relief for many feminine issues, including: problems associated with menstruation; hot flashes, mood swings, tenderness of the breasts, infertility, and other issues related to menopause; premenstrual syndrome symptoms; and hirsutism in women.  This condition is described as an excessive amount of hair growing in places it normally shouldn’t for women – such as on their chin.  It is largely due to having too much testosterone in the system.  The reduction of this hormone also makes chasteberry a great supplement for male-to-female transgender people.

 Pregnancy Issues

 Chasteberry contains a very important hormone that is responsible for various aspects of pregnancy: progesterone.  When the body is low on this hormone, any one of a wide range of pregnancy issues can occur: miscarriage, various birth defects, and even the inability to get pregnant.  Many doctors recommend consuming a supplement made from this berry once per day when trying to conceive or during the pregnancy as a preventative measure against complications.  Its effectiveness is debated by some, so as a measure of safety (as with all supplements and natural cures) it may be a good idea to consult your physician prior to taking chasteberries.

 Increasing Supply of Breast Milk

 Though it has yet to be officially confirmed or sufficiently proven, there is much speculation that chasteberries can aid in the body’s production of breast milk by increase its natural generation of prolactin, but only when taken in small amounts.  It is advised not to take any other supplements or medicines that provide the same benefit simultaneously.  Again, speak with your doctor to determine if chasteberries are a good solution for you.

 Tenderness of the Breasts

 Mastalgia, or soreness of the breasts, is a menopausal symptom that can be treated by chasteberry extracts or other forms of the herb.  When ingested in normal amounts, it inhibits the body’s production of prolactin; when this hormone causes the body to produce too much breast milk, the breasts will become very tender and sore.  Reducing the quantity of prolactin can also prevent menstrual issues, such as extremely late or early menstrual cycles or missing a period altogether.

Menopausal Relief

 The symptoms of menopause can be relieved to an extent by chasteberries.  As noted previously, hot flashes, mood swings, and other effects may be dulled or eliminated.  Perhaps most importantly is the fact that this berry will restore lost bone density that came as a result of menopause.  Taking chasteberry with other supplements simultaneously such as goldenseal benefits individuals with menopause even further.

 Cancer of the Prostate

 As mentioned previously, the testosterone-reducing effects of chasteberry can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.  This is one of its most important uses for men.  It is also used as an antiandrogen to treat hypersexuality and sometimes even used as male contraception.

 Problems and Concerns

 While most people do not have problems, there are possible side effects associated with chasteberries.  A shift in a woman’s menstrual cycle is the most common side effect.  Other much less common problems include: itchiness, acne, mild insomnia, rashes, nausea, headaches, and increased passive weight gain.  Again, pregnant women have special concerns; consult a doctor before taking chasteberry if you are or think you might be carrying a child.

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