Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is simply to provide information. There are no specific recommendations on who or when you should use it or dosage. If you think this may help you, please contact me at sandy@steppingstoneswellnessinc.com or talk to your naturopath. Herbs, while generally safe, do have some contraindications when it comes to some medications or medical conditions so always check with your health care practitioner.

I decided to start off this new series of supplements with Vitex, since it is one of the most commonly prescribed herbs for women experiencing menopausal or PMS symptoms. This does not, however, mean that it’s right for you.

Chaste Berry or Chaste Tree (Vitex), is classified as an emmenagogue. It stimulates and normalizes menstrual flow. It is often used as a tonic to the female reproductive system, which has specific toning and strengthening action upon the whole system, both on tissues and organs and on their functioning. Often indicated when there is no obvious acute disease but where a weakness of the sexual organs has a detrimental effect on the whole body.

Vitex is a hormonal normalizer. It helps balance and normalize the function of the endocrine glands and so aid in the proper functioning of the reproductive system. Chaste Berry normalizes estrogen and progesterone activity and finds use in all aspects of menstrual dysfunction and especially in conditions associated with menopause and PMS.

Chaste Berry is an effective treatment for migraines when hormonal imbalance is present due to onset of periods and menopause. This herb is often quite effective in relieving hot flashes, especially when combined with certain other herbs. If you’re interested in learning more about the other herbs to include in a tea for hot flashes (I know … hot tea … hot flashes … but it is often very effective), please contact me at sandy@steppingstoneswellnessinc.com.

This wonderful herb has a calming and soothing effect. It relieves muscle cramps, regulates and normalizes hormone levels and menstrual cycles. Good for both PMS and menopause, it is NOT recommended for pregnant women (or if you think you’re pregnant) or for children.

Going forward, for the next several weeks, I will be reviewing various supplements that help balance your hormones and improve your overall health.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,

Sandy O’Shea, CNP
Holistic Nutritionist

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