The dried fruit of the Chaste Tree has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. The purple flowering Chaste Tree grows primarily in moist riverbanks in the Mediterranean and southern Europe. Commonly known as Vitex, clinical evidence now appears to support what ancient cultures have instinctively known for hundreds of years: the Chaste Tree Berry offers a potent, natural solution to many common fertility issues affecting women.
Chaste Tree Berry extract has been widely used to relieve menstrual symptoms such as breast tenderness, cramps, and headaches. Testimonials and studies abound to support its effectiveness in this area. But more recently, clinical tests suggest that Vitex may also be helpful for women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and those that do not have a normal menstrual cycle. PCOS is one of the most common causes of female subfertility.
It seems that Vitex helps regulate ovulatory function and offers a special benefit to women with a luteal phase defect (which causes irregular cycles). It acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production while mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This results in a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, with a rise in progesterone. The ability of chaste tree berry to raise progesterone levels in the body is an indirect effect, so the herb itself is not a hormone. This fascinating and complex herb is also believed to normalize excessive prolactin levels and thereby promote fertility.
While the scientific understanding of Vitex for fertility is still evolving, many experts in the field of human health praise its effectiveness in addressing a variety of female issues related to reproduction. It may not be the solution for every woman with menstrual cramps, irregular cycles, PCOS, or lagging fertility, but as a safe, natural option it is certainly worth consideration.
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