Chaste Tree Berry (vitex agnus castus) are the berries of the chaste tree, a large shrub indigenous to southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, and Asia. Chaste Tree Berry has been there since ancient Greek times used for menstrual problems. It is the fruit (dried ripe berries) that contains a mixture of iridoid glycosides (agnoside and aucubin), fatty oils, and flavonoids. Chaste Tree Berry has medicinally active components that act upon the pituitary gland, specifically on the production of luteinizing hormone to influence progesterone levels during the luteal, or late, phase of the menstrual cycle. A 1997 double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that Chaste Tree Berry offered significant relief for women suffering from symptoms of PMS, especially breast tenderness, cramping, and headaches (Lauritzen et al. 1997). In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial reported in the January 20, 2001 British Medical Journal, German researchers assigned 170 women diagnosed with PMS to a daily dose of Vitex agnus castus (chaste tree berry) extract or to placebo for three menstrual cycles. The women assessed themselves before and after therapy on measures of irritability, mood, anger, headache, bloating, and breast fullness. Clinicians evaluated symptom severity and relief effects. More than half of the women taking chaste tree fruit extract (chaste tree berry) had a 50% or greater improvement in PMS symptoms (with the exception of bloating). The researchers concluded that the dry Vitex Agnus Castus extract of agnus castus fruit is an effective and well-tolerated therapy for the relief of symptoms of PMS. It is important to note that the German government's Commission E, which evaluates herbal therapies prescribed in conventional medical practice in Germany, has approved chasteberry for menstrual irregularities, breast pain, and premenstrual complaints (Schellenberg R., 2001).
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