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Agnus Castus is the fruit of a Mediterranean shrub, Vitex agnus-castus,
which is also known as the chaste tree. Chaste tree fruit contains
iridoid glycosides, flavonoids, and terpenoids. This acts as a hormone
regulator and will help if you have irregular periods or if you are not
ovulating due to a hormonal imbalance. Agnus Castus is also useful if
you are prone to miscarriage before the twelfth week of pregnancy and
can also help with PMS and menopausal symptoms.
A 1/4 of a level teaspoon of the dried, crushed berries can be sprinkled on food, the best time being first thing in the morning. Alternatively, one cup of the 1decoction can be taken daily.
Vitex agnus-castus is sometimes called "the women's herb." It is used for menstrual cycle irregularities, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a more severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and symptoms of menopause. It is also used for treating "lumpy" (fibrocystic) breasts, female infertility, preventing miscarriage in women with low levels of a hormone called progesterone, controlling bleeding and helping the body force out the placenta after childbirth, and increasing breast milk.
Vitex agnus-castus is also used for acne, nervousness, dementia, joint conditions, colds, upset stomach, spleen disorders, headaches, migraine, eye pain, body inflammation, and swelling.
Caution: Agnus Castus should not be taken in conjunction with Progesterone supplements.
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