Vitex (Chasteberry) is an excellent hormonal tonic for women. Extensive clinical studies as well as over two thousand years of use have proven the effectiveness of this remedy.1 It works by stimulating and normalizing the pituitary gland, which regulates the balance of hormones, including estrogen and progesterone in the body.
In a normal menstrual cycle, estrogen is higher before ovulation and progesterone is higher after. An imbalance of these hormones, as well as other hormones including prolactin and serotonin, can lead to a range of symptoms associated with PMS. Prior to menstruation, many women find themselves irritable, depressed, and bloated. About 30-40% of women report experiencing problematic PMS symptoms, with 5-10% having very severe symptoms.1 It is thought that the typical symptoms of PMS occur because of high prolactin levels and an insufficient production of progesterone in the two weeks prior to menstruation.1,2 A number of studies have shown that Chasteberry has the ability to lower prolactin concentrations as well as to restore the estrogen-progesterone balance, which can offer significant relief from many symptoms of PMS.
In clinical studies, Chasteberry has been shown to be especially helpful for relieving breast pain and tenderness associated with PMS. 2,3 In another recent study of premenstrual women, over 90% of those who took Chasteberry reported that they experienced a significant reduction in the number and severity of their PMS symptoms, including physical complaints like pain and bloating as well as emotional complaints like mood swings and depression.
In addition to relieving PMS symptoms, Chasteberry has also been used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), to help restore cycle regularity, reduce menstrual-related acne and reduce the symptoms of menopause. 4-7 In one study, Chasteberry was used with women with menstrual cycle abnormalities. Their menstrual-related acne was either eliminated or improved during treatment.
These positive results have been supported again and again in clinical studies, making Chasteberry a highly effective choice for women looking for a natural solution for the symptoms of PMS.
Vitex (Chasteberry) Extract (fruit) (Vitex agnus-castus) (0.6% Aucubin) 80 mg Encapsulated in a vegetarian capsule (carbohydrate gum, purified water, silica) with cellulose and L-leucine.
1 capsule daily or as directed by a health care practitioner. Use for a minimum of 3 months to see beneficial results.