Chaste tree has been used to treat menstrual cycle problems and pain, premenstrual syndrome, and menopause. Chaste tree berries may help stimulate progesterone. This is a female hormone that rises 2 weeks before menstruation. Chaste tree may help normalize estrogen and progesterone.
The Science on Chasteberry for PMS Symptom Relief
Studies show chasteberry provides support for the following PMS-related concerns when taken one week before the start of menses:
- Mild headaches
- Breast swelling
In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, the effects of chasteberry were evaluated in 128 women with PMS concerns.
The women were divided into two groups: One group was given 40 drops of a chasteberry extract for six days prior to the onset of menses for a total of six cycles. The other group of women were given a placebo for six days prior to the onset of menses for a total of six cycles.
At the end of each woman’s cycle, they were given a questionnaire which evaluated the symptoms listed above. The chasteberry group reported significant improvements in PMS-related symptoms compared to the placebo group.
Another study, on 170 women with PMS concerns, saw a 50 percent reduction in PMS symptoms using chasteberry compared to a placebo.
In a meta-analysis evaluating 12 studies on chasteberry for PMS-related concerns, 7out of the 12 studies showed chaste tree superior to the placebo.
In two studies in the review, chasteberry was found to support healthy prolactin and progesterone levels, both of which are linked to PMS symptoms.
In addition to the findings above, other studies have found chasteberry to support PMS-related constipation and water retention.
Chaste Tree contains flavonoids (especially methoxylated flavones), iridoid glycosides (such as aucubin), diterpenes, sesquiterpenes, an essential oil and other compounds which together:
- promote a natural, healthy balance within the female endocrine system (particularly in relation to supporting normal progesterone levels)
- encourage healthy menstrual cycling
- ease discomfort associated with premenstrual syndrome
- support normal reproductive function in women
- maintain healthy skin in circumstances requiring a normal hormone balance (in men and women)
- ease temporary feelings of tension associated with the menstrual cycle*
Suggested Use:1 tablet 1 – 4 tablets daily, or as directed.
Caution: Not to be used during pregnancy and lactation unless otherwise directed by a qualified health care professional.
|Serving Size: 1 TabletServings per Container:40 or 120|
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|†Daily Value (DV) not established.|
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