Why The Community Swears By Chasteberry
Why The Community Swears By Chasteberry
"What are men compared to rocks and mountains." Jane Austen said it best, nature is breathtaking in its beauty, its complexity, and its generosity. At TerraVita, we are humbled to be able to use the wonderful ingredients it offers us in order to treat our various ailments and improve our daily lives.
Of all its resources, the chasteberry is particularly gifted to women. Amongst its many properties, the most well-known and the most potent are dedicated to the health and comfort of the female reproductive system. Today, we will see why chasteberry is touted by many health gurus and wellness lovers alike.
What is Chasteberry and Where Does It Come From?
Chasteberry, also known as vitex agnus-castus, vitex, chaste tree, Abraham's balm, or monk's pepper, is native to the Mediterranean region. It is often cultivated as an ornamental tree for the beauty and the aroma of its spikes of lavender-coloured flowers. Its name comes from the old belief that it was an anaphrodisiac, a killer of libido (some women in Athens even used the stems as bedding to fight off lust when they left their husbands), but that claim is utterly unsupported by evidence.’
Traditionally, it has been used as a treatment for premenstrual syndrome or as a tonic for both the female and the male reproductive system. The berries, flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems are all used as tincture, syrup, decoction, or simply as food, depending on the part of the plant and the desired effect.
What Are The Benefits of Chasteberry?
Chaste trees, and particularly the berries, are known to be a great ally of the female reproductive system. It is said to help to stabilize the menstrual cycle, decreasing premenstrual syndrome symptoms, supporting fertility, promoting hormonal balance, and alleviating menopause symptoms. Some say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but that's only because they have never heard of chasteberry.
Chasteberry is not happy to only be a woman's best friend. It's also beneficial for men (particularly middle-aged men) and can boast the potential for many other benefits.
Alleviates Premenstrual Syndrome†
One of the most well-researched (and most welcome) properties attributed to chasteberry is its beneficial impact on PMS symptoms. The type and intensity of discomforts experienced during that time vary from one woman to another, but it is generally accepted that it is an unpleasant time for most.
Symptoms include but are not limited to: irritability, depressed mood, mood swings, anxiety, cravings, constipation, headaches, and breast tenderness. Chasteberry seems to play an active role in rebalancing hormones in the woman's body during that time, thus helping to reduce the symptoms of PMS. Women everywhere rejoice!
Helps with menstrual disorders
The joys of a woman's menstrual cycle are not limited to premenstrual syndrome. Several disorders and discomforts can appear during the periods themselves. One of these disorders is called amenorrhea. It occurs when the periods of a woman of reproductive age suddenly stop. Although it might sound like a win on paper, it comes with a whole new set of physical ailments. Amenorrhea can be caused by too much prolactin in the body, a hormone that could be regulated by chasteberry.
Other physical disorders linked to the female reproductive system include uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that can form in the uterine walls and cause a change in the shape and size of the uterus, leading to unwanted side effects. Endometriosis is a painful and debilitating disorder where the uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus. Chasteberry helps to regulate hormonal balance, which could lead to a decreasing in the pain and symptoms associated with these disorders.
Prolactin is a hormone that promotes the production of milk but makes it very difficult to become pregnant. Abnormally high levels of prolactin are the main cause of luteal phase defect, which is a shortened second half of the menstrual cycle. This ailment makes pregnancy very unlikely. Studies show that chasteberry seems to have a regulatory effect on prolactin, thus increasing women's chances to become pregnant. It may also have a beneficial effect on irregular periods, thus making it easier for women to plan a pregnancy by tracking their menstrual cycle.
Chasteberry may also boost female libido, which increases the chances of becoming pregnant.
For women, acne around the chin and the jawline often comes from hormone fluctuation and imbalance. That is why many women experience acne outbreaks around the time of their periods. By helping to restore and maintain hormonal balance in the body, chasteberry could help to clear premenstrual acne. Less make-up and more confidence!
Alleviates menopause symptoms
Menopause is a time of great hormonal imbalance in a woman's life. That is why she experiences symptoms such as depressed mood, hot flashes, dry skin, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and chills. The female hormone-regulating property of the chasteberry could have a positive impact on these symptoms, both for pre-menopause and postmenopause women. With better sleep, improved moods, and less discomfort linked to body temperature, it could make this difficult time much easier for many women.
Treats enlarged prostate
Chasteberry not only provides amazing benefits for women, but it also offers benefits for men. An enlarged prostate gland is an age-related ailment common to many men. It can cause more frequent or more difficult urination. Studies have found that chasteberry could be effective in reducing that condition. It could even help to prevent prostate cancer and to inhibit the proliferation of prostate cancer cells.
Chasteberry For The Win?
No doubt, naturally there are hormonal differences between men and women, and here at TerraVita, we believe in catering to the unique needs of everyone. In her wisdom and generosity, Mother Nature provides us with all-natural ingredients that can perfectly adapt to these individual needs. That's why our Balance CBD capsules are designed to help our female customers achieve balance and wellness.
Our capsules can help reduce PMS symptoms, promoting clear skin, and maintaining a healthy hormonal balance.†