HOW CHASTE TREE BERRY CAN ALLEVIATE PMS & MENOPAUSE
Vitex agnus castus (Chaste tree berry) has been used for more than 2,500 years, and the herb has been dubbed a girl’s best friend thanks to its abilities to reduce and treat women’s health issues from pre-menstrual symptoms to menopause.
This herb comes from the chaste tree berry, which produces lovely purple and white flowers with a pleasant smell. The tree is prominent in warm, tropical countries where it will normally grow in the shade. It bears berries while the leaves and the stem are used for their medicinal properties.
Vitex agnus-castus does not appear to affect testosterone.
Preliminary research suggests that vitex agnus-castus might have estrogen and progestin activity. The linoleic acid constituent of vitex agnus-castus appears to have estrogenic effects. Vitex agnus-castus appears to be selective for beta estrogen receptors. The beta estrogen receptor predominates in the heart, vasculature, bone, and bladder but not the uterus. This suggests that vitex agnus-castus does not exert estrogenic effects in the uterus.
Side effects are very unusual and may include gastric discomfort. In general, less than 2% of women will notice side effects, including gastric discomfort and diarrhoea. Fortunately, this usually does not persist. If discomfort, nausea or vomiting persist, discontinue use and see your health care practitioner.