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Information on Vitex including the benefits and uses of using Vitex. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Vitex as part of a holistic approach to health.
   
Vitex
 
Botanical name

Also known as Chaste tree or Agnus castus the botanical name is Vitex agnus-castus

 
 
Actions

Vitex does not contain hormones itself, however it has a unique ability to affect the regulation of human hormones via actions upon the pituitary gland. It has been shown to regulate the production and release of luteinizing hormone and prolactin in particular, which in turn affects ovarian follicle function and increases progesterone production. Vitex is perhaps the most widely used herb for female reproductive problems.

 
 
Conditions commonly used for
  • PMS
  • Irregular menstrual cycles, amenorrhoea
  • Acne
  • Heavy periods
  • Fibrocystic breast disease, lumpy breasts
  • Infertility
  • Progesterone deficiency
  • Peri-menopause
  • Elevated prolactin levels
  • Numerous female reproductive complaints, according to diagnosis
 
 
Common dosage range

The German Commission E monograph recommends a daily intake of 40 mg of the dried herb. Vitex is best taken in one dose in the morning.

With its emphasis on long-term balancing of a woman’s hormonal system, vitex is not a fast-acting herb and can be used continuously for up to 18 months.

 
 
Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Side effects of using vitex are rare. Minor gastrointestinal upset and a mild skin rash with itching have been reported in less than 2% of the women monitored while taking vitex.
  • Vitex is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding and should not be used at the same time as hormone therapy (eg. HRT, Oral Contraceptive Pill)
 
 
Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner or click on the following links for more information.

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this herb, any conditions or therapies mentioned.

A Medical Practitioner specialising in Integrative Medicine, a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath will be well trained in the use of nutrients, including their proper dosage, contraindications and potential drug interactions. Although many herbal remedies are available over the counter, self-prescribing is not recommended except for minor ailments, and best results will be obtained by seeking the advice of a qualified herbal medicine practitioner. Any plant substance, even those that are used as foods, can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

 
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