Agnus castus

November 15, 2003 by  
Filed under Herbal medicines

Herbal medicine

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

Linda Lazarides is Course Director of the School of Modern Naturopathy and author of eight books on health, nutrition and naturopathy.

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