Benefits: Chaste Tree has been researched for over 30 years in the UK and Germany. It is obvious from this research that there is a distinct hormonal effect on the body.
For the male, it is thought to have an anti-androgenic action, inhibiting the action of male androgens (sex hormones).
For the female it has a progestrogenic effect acting on the pituitary gland which regulates the menstrual cycle. It is beneficial in treating PMS (premenstrual syndrome), regulates hormones by increasing progesterogenic activity and can help to balance progesterone and oestrogen production by the ovaries.
It is traditionally prescribed by Western herbalists to treat menstrual problems and the symptoms that accompany it ranging from irregular or absent periods, bloating, breast swelling, tenderness, irritability and depression. A reduction in these symptoms can often significantly be reduced whilst taking this herb. Migraine and acne linked to menstrual cycles have also been treated successfully.
Can be used after taking the contraceptive people to regain the natural balance of hormones.
In homeopathic medicine it is used to treat liver and spleen diseases and female ailments.
Active Constituents: Volatile oils (cineol), alkaloids (viticine), flavonoids (casticin), iridoids (aucubin agnoside, eurostoside).
Pharmacological Actions: Regulates hormones, dopaminergic agonist, indirectly progesterogenic and a galactagogoue, tonic for the reproductive system.
Contraindications: As its action is uncertain, it is best avoided during pregnancy.