Vitex is used as a hormonal tonic for women. It provides nourishing support for the reproductive system. Over two thousand years of folk medicine combined with modern research, has validated the efficacy and medicinal uses of this beautiful shrub.
Some version of it, whether it is capsule, tincture, or tea should be part of every woman's medicine chest. It works by balancing the ratio of estrogen to progesterone in the body. An imbalance of these two hormones can result in the symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, uterine fibroids, and breast tenderness. Estrogen dominance (too much estrogen) is at the root of these issues.
Vitex can enhance and support our body's natural production of progesterone, and decrease the estrogen, thus creating balance in the hormonal system.
Women produce progesterone natually, but as we age our bodies reduce the amount we are able to produce. Therefore, we need to enhance the production of progesterone to inhibit estrogen dominance. Estrogen is produced throughout the body, not just by the ovaries. We ingest estrogen from meats, dairy, even fruits and vegetables which, often times, are laden with pesticides and herbicides.
Vitex can be considered adaptogenic. In other words the body can take what it needs to create perfect balance, also known as homeostasis. The body knows what it needs and Vitex allows the body, especially the endocrine system, to find its own hormonal balance.
In Europe Vitex is the primary herb prescribed for treating the symptoms of menopause, and PMS. It can be helpful for depression, mood swings, hot flashes, etc. It can also help with the flooding (heavy bleeding) that can be associated with menopause.
In addition to all of the foregoing uses for Vitex, it is a primary remedy for uterine fibroids, and has helped women with endometriosis. Those conditions thrive in an estrogen dominant environment, and they shrink when the progesterone is naturally promoted by Vitex.
Because Vitex has the ability to support normal ovulation it is often used to increase the possibility of conception. If taken on a regular basis, it can help to prevent miscarriage in the first trimester. After birth, it promotes the production of milk.
Vitex is known for deep healing and that takes time. Many women take it for several years, but women often see results in as little as three cycles.*
As with any herbal remedy you should discuss this with your health care provider before adding any herbal supplement to your program.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.