Mysterious Chaste berry – “women’s herb” regulating activity of the endocrine system
Monk’s pepper is a plant which undoubtedly deserves the attention of women – regulates endocrine, relieving premenstrual symptoms, regulates the menstrual cycle, helps to survive menopause, relieving acne and even anti-cancer.
Name of the Vitex agnus (chaste berry) sounds to many people, quite mysteriously, probably because it is a plant native to the regions of the Mediterranean, the culture in Poland is quite difficult due to low temperatures. Though unusual properties chaste discovered centuries ago, today these inconspicuous gray fruits are making a comeback and are widely used in the treatment of many ailments. Vitex agnus is used mainly by women, and for this reason is referred to as “female herb” or “herb for female complaints” and its useful properties can also be used to ameliorate the other symptoms as well as in men, is affected also male hormones. If you want to know how monk’s pepper works, how to use it and what has other uses besides medicinal invite you to read.
Why the name monks chasteberry?
Vitex casus agnusis a shrub of the family Verbenaceae, grows to 5 meters in height, which naturally occurs in the Mediterranean and Asia. In Poland, is a plant grown, often in home gardens for decorative purposes, but because of the very low temperature does not reach such proportions as in natural conditions. Bush has beautiful blue flowers and produces inconspicuous but beautifully fragrant fruit called a monk pepper. Its medicinal properties have been used already in Ancient Greece, mainly in the treatment of female ailments in the Middle Ages were widely regarded as a symbol of innocence and purity and his seed (in the form of ground) have been widely used in monasteries, mostly male as a means of reducing libido, hence the name of the chaste monks and monks pepper. The Latin name chaste Vitex agnus casus comes from the word “Agnos” which means “virtuous”.
Medicinal raw material chaste are its fruits, which contain the many valuable health substances – essential oils, diterpenes, glycosides, flavonoids, tannins and fatty acids. The active substances chaste affect the dopamine receptors in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, thus regulate the secretion of hormones inhibit the secretion of prolactin, increased production of estrogen, regulate the hormonal balance between progesterone and estrogen. Regulating the work of the endocrine system of the chasteberry:
- Relieves premenstrual syndrome.
- Regulates menstrual cycle.
- Relieves pain in his chest.
- Prevents the formation of fibrotic changes in the breast.
- It treats inflammation of the lining of the uterus – endometriosis.
- Stimulates ovulation, the production of integral yellow and the production of progesterone, which is why it is recommended for use in infertility due to failure of the corpus luteum and progesterone deficiency.
- Relieves symptoms of menopause
Other uses of chaste
Vitex agnus not only affects the endocrine system, known to a number of other properties of this plant. Vitex is a diuretic, so it can be used to reduce swelling, during therapy and during the cleansing weight loss. It can also be used when the infection because it works diaphoretic, antipyretic and disinfectant. Chasteberry inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, also works antifungal. It is also known antidepressant and sedative effects.
Chasteberry for men?
Chaste fruit may also be used by men, is affected by the synthesis and release of testosterone, also affects the processes of spermatogenesis. Research also indicates a possible antitumor activity within the prostate (prostatitis).
Contraindications to the use of chaste
Chaste fruits should not be used by women struggling with breast tumors, another contraindication is a shortage of prolactin, anemia and allergic to the chase berry, should not it also be used by women using hormonal contraception because it can interfere with its operation and should not take them at the same time, so are the antidopamine drugs.
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