Many women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) to some degree. The symptoms are often mild, and can include abdominal and back pain, headaches, bloating, acne, weight gain, depression, irritability and anxiety. Up to 10% of women suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a more severe form of PMS that can disrupt their lives and cause significant psychological symptoms.
However, increasing numbers of women are finding relief from the herbal supplement Agnus Castus, also known as Vitex, Chaste Berry or Monk's Pepper. Hormonal fluctuations and high levels of oestrogen, combined with low levels of progesterone, are thought to be a cause of PMS. Agnus Castus is a natural remedy that comes from the fruit of the chaste tree and has a balancing effect on the hormones.
This ancient medicinal extract reduces prolactin in the body, which is an inhibitor of progesterone. Progesterone levels are therefore able to rise naturally. The increasing levels of progesterone in turn reduce the production of oestrogen, balancing the hormones. Studies have found that this natural hormonal rebalancing, as a result of taking Agnus Castus, has helped lessen both the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS in many women.
The supplement can be found here at Twenty First Century Herbs (Ladies Mantle Complex) and is accepted as having few side effects. However, first consult your physician to ensure it's the right supplement for you. Agnus Castus may not be suitable for women who have high levels of progesterone, hormone-sensitive conditions, or conditions and medication that affect dopamine. Agnus Castus could also impact on the effectiveness of hormonal contraception and IVF and is not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
More women are now realising the benefits of this traditional remedy and are experiencing relief from the potentially debilitating effects of PMS and PMDD. While there may be no cure for all premenstrual symptoms, those who benefit from taking this supplement generally notice an improvement after three months of use.
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