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      Agnus Castus Herbal Remedy

      The name agnus castus is derived from the Greek word for chaste as the ancient Greeks thought the plant calmed sexual passion. Its common names of chasteberry and monks pepper also gives some indication of its historical usage. Its reputation as both an aphrodisiac and anaphrodisiac lies in its normalising effect.

      Nowadays research has proven that extract of Agnus castus fruit  is an effective and well tolerated treatment for the relief of symptoms of premenstrual syndrome

      Agnus Castus has traditionally been used for:

      Treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

      Balancing the menstrual cycle

      Promoting breast milk flow

      Improving female fertility

      Treating hyperprolactinemia

      Treating menopausal symptoms

      Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)


      Side effects and contraindications:


      Agnus castus has not been associated with serious side effects. However, in rare situations it can cause gastrointestinal problems, acne-like rashes, and dizziness.

      As it may affect certain hormone levels, women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills or who have a hormone-sensitive condition (such as breast cancer) should avoid agnus castus.

      Agnus castus is not suitable for children

      Because it may affect the dopamine system in the brain, people taking dopamine-related medications should also avoid using agnus castus.


      Active Compounds:

      Vitex agnus castus contains steroidal compounds similar to human sex hormones that have a normalising effect on the reproductive system. Iridoid glycodsides which include auchin and agnoside; flavanoids including casticin, isovitexin and orientin.

      Adult Tincture Dosage:

      Take 1-2ml of tincture three times a day (based on 1:3 herb to alcohol ratio)

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