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chaste tree

Herbal medicine
A tree with berries that contain phytoestrogens, which have been used for menstrual dysfunction, premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, increased libido, acne in adolescence and to promote lactation; it is believed by some to be an aphrodisiac.

Vitex agnus-castus

(vi'teks? ag'nus kast'us) [L., lit. “chaste-lamb chaste tree”] See: chaste tree berry
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Fix it: Again, try agnus castus to balance the hormones.
This is also in agreement with the close recommendation of the Agnus castus monograph provided by the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (E/S/C/O/P 2003) and the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products of the European Medicine Agency (HMPC 2010).
Agnus castus helps to normalise the function of the pituitary gland, which controls and balances the hormones in our body.
Agnus Castus (Chastberry) extract, which is available from health food shops, has been shown to lessen the psychological symptoms for some women.
Most of the phytooestrogens-based preparations freely available on the market are proposed as legal and non-toxic anti-oestrogenic compounds (to counterbalance the side effects of anabolic steroids, mainly based on methoxyflafones (Usui, 2006)), as fat lowering products or sexual enhancing compounds based mainly on plant extracts from Commiphora Mukul (Guggulsterone), Eurycoma Longifolia (methoxyflavone), Vitex Agnus Castus and Astragalus Root (isoflavones).
PremHerb (above left) contains 4mg of dry extract of the Agnus Castus fruit and costs pounds 7.
Or you may prefer to try herbal remedies like agnus castus or evening primrose oil lorem.
Agnus castus or chastetree has been a popular herb for women to use for centuries.
Vitex Agnus Castus, more commonly known as Monks' Pepper or The Chaste Tree, is a shrub which has been in cultivation since 1570.
In an impressively large German study, 1,634 women with PMS were given a product derived from the chaste tree, Vitex agnus castus.
Agnus Castus or black cohosh should not be taken with the pill, fertility drugs,HRT or any other hormonal treatment or other medication unless recommended by an experienced practitioner.