Originally Posted by oceanmommy
I took it to strengthen my cycles, especially my luteal phase. It has only been one cycle but so far, so good. It seemed to really help with my pms symptoms like irritability, emotional-ness, bloating, cramping, general blah.
Originally Posted by judejude
It can help with PMS and cramps? Holy crap! I'm lookin' in to this stuff.
|Vitex itself has none of the hormonal building blocks that many of the medicinal plants used for the reproductive system contain. Instead, this herb nourishes and supports the endocrine system to find its own balance. David Hoffman, a well-known herbalist, says "Vitex will always enable what is appropriate to occur."|
Almost all of symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle can be treated with this plant. It is the single best herb for treating the many possible symptoms of PMS: cramps, flooding, headaches, depression, water retention, constipation, acne, breast tenderness, and irritability. It can help normalize irregular or scanty periods.
It is especially helpful for women who are coming off the birth control pill. For many women, cycles remain irregular for up to two years after stopping the pill. Vitex can greatly shorten that time and helps ease the body into regaining its own natural rhythm.