Herbal Supplements

The Herb and Supplement Index

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Name chasteberry

Origin Mediterranean region and sub tropical climates world wide

Scientific Name Vitex agnus-castus

Description - A small shrub with violet flower spikes and long slender leaves with red berries. The red berries are dried before using. - This herb stimulates the pituitary gland which in turn signals the ovaries to increase the production of the female hormone progesterone. Also inhibits the excessive production of another hormone, Prolactin, ( it regulates breast milk production.) - Helps to restore hormonal balance , alieviate bloating, irritibility, and depression symptoms of PMS. - May be useful to women who are trying to get pregnant

Uses - Alleviate PMS symptoms - Regulate menstruation - Promotes fertility - Eases menopausal hot flashes

Notes Some have experienced rashes, and stomach irritation , and an increase in menstrual flow.

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