What is vitex (chasteberry) and how does it support hormone balance?
Vitex, also known as Chasteberry, because it comes from the Chaste tree, has been widely used throughout human history to address women’s reproductive health. Recent studies validate the traditional use of Vitex (Chasteberry) to support healthy, regular periods, fertility, and to ease menopause transitions.
Why is hormone balance so important?
Did you know that the menstrual cycle is now considered the fifth vital sign? This is because hormone health is so important through all phases of our lives as women — whether you’re currently menstruating, trying to have a baby, are pregnant, just gave birth, or are transitioning into perimenopause or menopause.
By nourishing our bodies with foods and herbs that support our body’s natural hormone levels, you can support an easier, more enjoyable journey — no matter what life looks like right now!
Why is Vitex (Chasteberry) so helpful for Better Periods?
Research shows that vitex reduces symptoms of PMS like constipation, irritability, depressed moods, migraines, and breast pain and tenderness in up to 93% of women. Modern researchers believe that one of the mechanisms that makes chasteberry (vitex) effective is that it supports the rebalancing of the hormone prolactin, which can become elevated and cause breast tenderness, swelling, and other uncomfortable symptoms
Why is Vitex (Chasteberry) so helpful for Fertility?
Vitex has long been used by herbalists and Chinese Medicine Practitioners to support women who are trying to conceive. It’s been offered in tincture, powders, and herbal infusions. A recent study gave 93 women who had been trying to become pregnant in the previous 6 months-3 years a supplement containing Chasteberry (Vitex) or a placebo.
After three months 26% of women receiving chasteberry became pregnant, as compared to 10% of those in the placebo group became pregnant.
Why is Vitex (Chasteberry) so nourishing during Menopause?
In a recent study, vitex oils were given to 23 women experiencing perimenopause and menopause. Women reported improved menopause symptoms, including better mood and sleep. Some also regained their period.
Best ways to enjoy Vitex (chasteberry)?
For many centuries, Vitex (Chasteberry) has been turned into hormone balancing teas or tisanes. It’s also been used in tincture form to balance women’s hormones and support menstrual cramps. At Agni, we worked with our Medical Advisors to add other powerful ingredients to Chasteberry (Vitex) to create the ultimate tea for period cramps and other hormone balancing needs: Peppermint Chasteberry Tea. This tea makes it easy for you to enjoy the incredible benefits of Vitex along with other powerful healing herbs.