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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Chastetree Berry (VITEX AGNUS-CASTUS)

Balance your hormones. Also known as Vitex, Chaste Tree is a panacea for female reproductive issues.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

The spicy, warm, peppery berry stimulates libido in cold types. However, its bitter principle cools libido in hot types. For this reason, it was called monk's pepper, because it was used by monks to aid in their vow of chastity.

Chastetree (Vitex) is a hormone regulator that works by stimulating and normalizing the pituitary gland, which regulates the balance of estrogen and progesterone in the body. It increases both progesterone and estrogen, but is primarily progesteronic. This makes it a panacea for female issues of the reproductive system. Vitex is a slow-acting herb.

It is well know that breastfeeding suppresses fertility and menstruation due to high levels of prolactin. Some women, however, have high prolactin in the absence of breastfeeding. Chastetree's dopaminergic action reduces prolactin. This corrects prolactin-induced suppression of the uterus (Holmes, Bonhert, 1997).


Ayurveda Chastetree Berry Whole Plant Large

SUGGESTED USE

1 dropper full 2-3x/day three times a day for at least three months and up to two years. or as directed by your practitioner.
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Follow these guidelines

Biocharacteristics of Chastetree Berry

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Tissue (dhatu):
Reproductive

REPRODUCTIVE

Reproductive tissue (Shukra/Artava Dhatu) includes male and female reproductive organs.

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Affinity: Reproductive Health, Womens Health
Family: Lamiaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Chastetree Berry
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Analgesic

STRONG ANALGESIC

Pain reliever, reduces pain without eliminating sensation. Also known as anodyne.

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Dopaminergic

DOPAMINERGIC

Dopamine lifts mood, but also reduces prolactin, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and lutenizing hormone (LH).

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Serotonergic

SEROTONERGIC

The feel-good hormone. Also includes serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).

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Expectorant

EXPECTORANT

Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.

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Hemostatic

HEMOSTATIC

An herb that stops bleeding.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Uterine Tonic

STRONG UTERINE-TONIC

An herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.

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Anti Estrogenic

ANTI-ESTROGENIC

Reduces estrogen, which reduces thickness of the uterus endometrium, pelvic congestive disorders like fibroids, and frequently dysmenorrhea as well.

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Anti Prolactin

ANTI-PROLACTIN

Reduces prolactin, a female hormone that suppresses the uterus, fertility, menstruation.

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Aphrodisiac

APHRODISIAC

Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.

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Estrogenic

ESTROGENIC

Increases estrogen, helpful in menopause. Estrogen is anabolic and increases muscle growth, bone density, and moisture.

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Progesteronic

PROGESTERONIC

Progeserone is the pregnancy hormone. It raises body temperature (Pitta), and suppresses menstruation. It is generally more extroverted.

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Promotes Fertility

PROMOTES-FERTILITY

An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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Relieves Tension

RELIEVES-TENSION

An herb that releases tightness, constriction, and rigidity in a muscle.

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Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Other:

Foods with a Similar Nature to Chastetree Berry

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Digestive, Muscle-relaxant, Analgesic, Diuretic, Relieves-tension

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Analgesic, Diuretic, Relieves-tension, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Digestive

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Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Expectorant, Analgesic, Diuretic, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Estrogenic

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Muscle-relaxant, Analgesic, Diuretic, Relieves-tension, Antispasmodic, Expectorant

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Cardamom

Cardamom has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Nervine, Analgesic, Diuretic, Antispasmodic, Expectorant

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Rose Petals

Rose Petals has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Progesteronic, Estrogenic, Promotes-fertility, Hemostatic, Uterine-tonic

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Anti-prolactin, Dopaminergic, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Analgesic, Digestive

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Cloves

Cloves has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Digestive, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Aphrodisiac, Nervine

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Nervine, Aphrodisiac, Estrogenic, Digestive, Expectorant

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Expectorant, Digestive, Hemostatic, Analgesic, Diuretic

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Sage

Sage has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Nervine, Analgesic, Estrogenic, Anti-prolactin, Expectorant

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Chastetree Berry

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh has these Actions in Common

Dopaminergic, Estrogenic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Progesteronic, Analgesic, Promotes-fertility, Anti-estrogenic, Serotonergic, Antispasmodic, Uterine-tonic

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Digestive, Estrogenic, Expectorant, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Analgesic, Relieves-tension, Anti-prolactin, Uterine-tonic

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Gokshura

Gokshura has these Actions in Common

Relieves-tension, Analgesic, Uterine-tonic, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Promotes-fertility

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Motherwort

Motherwort has these Actions in Common

Estrogenic, Hemostatic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Analgesic, Relieves-tension, Antispasmodic, Diuretic, Dopaminergic

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Uterine-tonic, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Progesteronic, Relieves-tension

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KapiKacchu

KapiKacchu has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Promotes-fertility, Relieves-tension, Serotonergic, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Diuretic

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Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant, Nervine, Progesteronic, Promotes-fertility, Uterine-tonic

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Relieves-tension, Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant

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Cramp Bark

Cramp Bark has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Estrogenic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Relieves-tension, Uterine-tonic

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Ashoka

Ashoka has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Anti-estrogenic, Diuretic, Hemostatic, Muscle-relaxant, Promotes-fertility, Uterine-tonic

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Chastetree Berry may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

CONTRAINDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Chastetree Berry may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Analgesic: If the mechanism of pain relief is narcotic, do not combine with antihistamines.
  • Diuretic: Diuretics may clear pharmaceutical drugs more quickly, lowering the effect.
  • Muscle-relaxant: Do not combine muscle relaxants with antihistamines.

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