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    Cool Chaste Berry, you know it as "Vitex"..


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    Vitex, also called Chaste Tree, has the effect of stimulation and normalizing pituitary gland functions, especially its progesterone function. Vitex may be called an amphoteric remedy, as it can produce apparently opposite effects (<I>though in truth it is simply normalizing</I>). The greatest use of Vitex lies in normalizing the activity of female sex hormones, and it is thus indicated for dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual stress and other disorders related to hormone function. It is especially beneficial during menopausal changes. And in a similar way, it may be used to aid the body to regain a natural balance after the use of the birth control pill.


    Here are some quotes from an article "On Vitex" by Medical Botanist Christopher Hobbs: "In 1930 Dr. Gerhard Madaus conducted some of the first scientific research on the plant, and developed a patent medicine from an extract of dried fruits named 'Agnolyt'. Almost all of the studies on Vitex have been done with this preparation. He found it to have a 'strong corpus-luteum' effect, which increases porgesterone. Scientists think that it regulates the pituitary gland, which detects increased estrogen levels and tells the ovaries to make less of it."


    Recent findings confirm that Vitex helps restore a normal estrogen-to-progesterone balance. It can not only ease, but with time, actually cure premenstrual syndrome, which has been linked to abnormally high levels of estrogen, especially if symptoms tend to disappear when menstruation begins. European herbalists also use it today to treat fibroid tumors and other female complaints. As the baby-boom generation passes into menopause, this herb will be rediscovered by women looking for a natural alternative to estrogen replacement therapy.


    Herbalist David Hoffmann reports that the most important use of Vitex in England is for treating menopause symptoms, and that this is the only female health situation in which he uses Vitex by itself. For relieving symptoms such as hot flashes, he claims good results after 2 or 3 months of taking 2 ml of Vitex a day.


    Several studies indicate Vitex can help control acne in teenagers, both among young women and men. Clinical research shows that Vitex may start working to treat imbalance after 10 days, but for full benefit it should be taken up to 6 months or longer. With PMS, a positive result may be felt by the second menstruation, but permanent improvement may take up to a year, or longer.


    Vitex has no report of even moderate side effects in over 2,000 years of use.


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    good post pete!... too bad my eyes are ****ed now lol

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    I had to highlight everything to read it.

    anyways, it decreases estrogen but increases progesterone levels. doesn't sound like it would have much application for us then. I was under the impresion that it also decreased prolactin levels.
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    Prolactin isn't the same as progesterone.. I got another study around here, can't find the bloody disc..

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    <H3>How does Chaste Tree Berry / Vitex work?</H3>The corpus luteum is a bit of glandular tissue in the ovary that forms monthly at the site of a ruptured graafian follicle. This is a mature follicle that contains an oocyte (the first meiotic division has occurred and fertilization will complete the second meiotic division to create an ovum). The corpus luteum secretes progesterone, which prepares the uterus for implantation. Unless the oocyte is fertilized, this is where the monthly cycle stops. The problem that is known as luteal phase defect occurs when progesterone secretion is abnormally low. This is considered a normal condition in pubescent and menopausal life phases, but during child bearing years it produces undesirable effects. These effects can include heavy or frequent periods, lack of ovulation, ovarian cysts, and sometimes lack of period. Vitex seems to stimulate the production of leutinizing hormone, which in turn results in an increase in progesterone production, hence it mimics corpus luteum function. Interestingly, Vitex has no direct hormonal activity; it is therefore, NOT a phytoestrogen<SUP>1,2,8</SUP>. <BR>&nbsp;<BR>Lastly, hyperprolactinemia (excessive prolactin production) is a common comorbidity in women diagnosed with luteal phase defect (about 70% of the time)<SUP>8</SUP>. It is therefore, thought to have some association with luteal phase defect. Conveniently, Vitex also inhibits prolactin release, providing a corrective action for hyperprolactinemia as well<SUP>6</SUP>. <IMG height=1 src="http://www.health-pages.com/cgi-local/inter.pl?ct" width=1> </CENTER>
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    Originally posted by pogue
    I had to highlight everything to read it.

    anyways, it decreases estrogen but increases progesterone levels. doesn't sound like it would have much application for us then. I was under the impresion that it also decreased prolactin levels.
    This isn't true. It does this only in women. Studies on men show no elevation in progesterone since it would somehow have trick the adrenal glands in to pumping more out, which is impossible for Vitex to do. All the studies that show elevation in progesterone are done on women.
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    Thanks, Bobo, I was gonna mention that..
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    Originally posted by Bobo


    This isn't true. It does this only in women. Studies on men show no elevation in progesterone since it would somehow have trick the adrenal glands in to pumping more out, which is impossible for Vitex to do. All the studies that show elevation in progesterone are done on women.
    Do the studies on men show lowered prolactin levels?
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    I had one that stated that, Pouge.. Unfortunately this study was lost, and I'm in the process of finding it again...
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    Even without studies, I can vouch that when a cycle involves tren, it is the next best thing to bromo or dostinex. Of course more studies are always nice....
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    Interesting...
  

  
 

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