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Vitex Agnus-Castus aka Chasteberry is one of my favorite herbal allies. I fell in love with it while I was training to be a midwife and it truly changed my life and the lives of many I met over those years that were struggling with infertility and PCOS. This herb is a true miracle for PCOS and hormone regulation.
“Vitex promotes fertility (particularly in cases of established luteal phase defect, or shortened second half of the menstrual cycle, and high levels of the hormone prolactin); in fact, one of the “side effects” of some of the clinical trials that have been done is that women have become pregnant! It has also been used to prevent miscarriage in women who have a history of miscarriage, possibly due to effects on progesterone.”
“In one trial, 48 women (ages 23 to 39) who were diagnosed with infertility took vitex once daily for three months. Seven women became pregnant during the trial, and 25 women experienced normalized progesterone levels – which may increase future chances of pregnancy.”
“In another study, 40 women with abnormally high prolactin levels were given either 40 mg of Vitex agnus-castus or a pharmaceutical drug. Vitex was as effective as the drug in reducing prolactin levels.”
A true woman’s ally, Vitex is also amazing at addressing the symptoms of PMS and Menopause! “A clinical trial involving sixty postmenopausal teachers between 45 to 60 years old studied the possible benefits of vitex for hot flashes. The participants were treated with vitex or placebo, at 40 drops per day for 8 weeks. The decline in frequency and in the severity of hot flashes in the group taking vitex was significant when compared with placebo, starting on the fourth week of treatment and up until the 8th and last week. The results indicated that vitex could be a great option for postmenopausal women, especially in women who have a contraindication to use of female hormones.”
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