Vitex agnus castus, also known as chasteberry, has been widely researched. It is best known as a female hormone balancer, especially helping to promote the production of progesterone by increasing luteinizing hormone and inhibiting the production of follicle-stimulating hormone by the pituitary. Its main indications are to treat frequent menstruation, premenstrual symptoms such as fluid retention and acne, and menopausal problems. In breast-feeding mothers, Agnus castus can help to stimulate milk production, although it takes a few weeks to take effect. This herb has a relaxing and calming quality.
Information compiled by Linda Lazarides
Naturopathic Nutritionist, Author, Educator