You may have heard how Vitex can help you get pregnant naturally. Not sure what it is and if it’s right for you. Let’s break it down.
First of all what is Chaste Berry Tree/Vitex?
The chaste tree is a small shrub with lance shaped leaves and purple flowers. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean and has since been cultivated in temperate climates around the world. Its peppery fruit has been used for over two thousand years; at least since the time of the Greek physician Dioscorides who recommended it to help the wives of soldiers remain chaste while their husbands were in battle. The vitex berry was used by both men and women in ancient Greece and Rome, and by monks during the Middle Ages in order to suppress sexual desire. Pliny the Elder noted that Athenian maidens would put the leaves under their beds during the festival of Thesmophoria to help preserve their chastity. Mountain Rose Herbs
Chaste Tree Berry/Vitex: Nourishes the pituitary gland and helps lengthen the luteal phase. It lowers prolactin and raises progesterone. For some women, this alone will increase fertility. Want to learn more check out this Study.
It also helps to regulate the menstrual cycle, alleviate PMS symptoms, supports hormonal balance, encourages ovulation, normalizes progesterone levels, and is especially effective for endometriosis.
- Side effects include nausea, mild gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue, menstrual disorders, dry mouth and acne.
- Avoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Don’t combine with IVF or fertility drugs (always talk to your physician about any herbs you are taking) – it could lead to a serious condition called ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome.
Is Vitex right for you? You decide. What is one action step you will take today?
Sarah Clark empowers couples to discover how lifestyle and diet can dramatically impact their chances of conceiving. She was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at 28 and had both her kids with donor eggs. Not until years later did she discover that the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance. Ready to gaze into your baby’s eyes….but struggling. Download 10 step Checklist here