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Still Putting Up With Period Pain and PMS?

Vitex chaste tree berry excellent herb for PMS

Herbs like vitex can virtually eliminate uncomfortable PMS symptoms

Is breast tenderness or pain an early warning sign that your period is on its way? You know, you don’t have to put up with that every month.

The Latin name for the plant that soothes PMS symptoms is Vitex agnus, but it’s commonly called Chaste tree berry or simply Vitex.

Vitex has this handy talent for balancing hormone levels in a way only plants can. In my herbal practice, I’ve seen this little odd-flavored berry perform it’s herbal magic on women with PMS symptoms like irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, sugar cravings, acne, headaches and other pre-period pains (in tincture or capsule).

Once a period starts, Vitex does a great job of reducing heavy bleeding and even shortening a long period. Many women report changes within one cycle, but I encourage my patients to continue taking the herb for at least 3-6 months for maximum effect. There’s no standard amount to take, but I generally recommend one 500 gm capsule daily in the morning. Vitex works so well for the girls in my family that we make a whole year’s supply of tincture at once from the dried berries.

Vitex plant has lovely purple flowers and spiky greeneryWhat if your cycles are irregular or infrequent, or you’ve lost track of when to expect a period?

It’s always helpful to your healthcare provider to know just what you mean by ‘infrequent’. I recommend you download one of those handy period tracker apps to your phone. I like MyCalendar, which lets me keep notes on recurring symptoms like headaches or heavy days.

A phone app or even a little bedside notepad will help you get a handle on the rhythm – or lack of rhythm – of your cycles before you see your healthcare provider or herbalist.

Yes, Vitex is excellent for women with irregular or frequently skipped periods. It’s like a multi-vitamin for your hormones!

Are you ready to say good-bye to PMS and hormone hell? Contact me at info@naturalhealingomaha.com and find out how Vitex fits into your healthcare needs.

 

 

Comments (3)

  1. i hope anyone considering using vitex undergoes a complete health assessment first. this herb can be a blessing for the right person or hell on earth for the wrong one.

  2. Excellent advice, lilylongflower1. A trained and experienced herbalist can rule out unhelpful solutions and guide you to the best combination of herbs, food and lifestyle to fit your very individual health needs.

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