Chaste Tree Berry, otherwise known as Vitex, can be taken as a tincture to balance female hormones. It is particularly helpful during menopause, when struggling to conceive, or for irregular periods. It usually takes several months for most women to see an effect, but some respond in about 10 days. It works primarily by stimulating the pituitary to stimulate the production of progesterone.
Vitex also is known to be very helpful in cases of PMS, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. Some of the symptoms it alleviates are:
- breast pain
Additional help for these symptoms includes dietary changes, most notably reducing or eliminating the following foods:
- caffeine (soda, coffee, tea, chocolate, diet pills, headache pills like Excedrin)
- dairy (milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, cream, yogurt, sour cream, whey (found in many products, check the ingredient lists carefully and/or buy Kosher products that don’t say dairy on them.).
- non-organic beef (too much estrogen used to promote quick growth in the cattle causes hormone imbalance in the people who eat it)
Make sure you also get good rest and regular rhythmic exercise, like walking or swimming.