Have PCOS? Try Chasteberry/Vitex Agnus-Castus
If your answer to the above questions is NO ,
Do you have unwanted facial hair ?
Do you have a heavy voice ?
Have you been gaining weight suddenly ?
Are you facing trouble in conceiving a baby ?
Do you have too much acne ?
If any of the above answers is YES, it is likely that you are suffering from PCOS.
PCOS in women is extremely common nowadays. Lifestyle change is the only way to cure PCOS. But there are a number of medications that are prescribed when PCOS is diagnosed for early cure.
Chasteberry, also known as Vitex, is a popular medication which can be taken as a capsule/supplement, dried extract or pure berries from the tree.
Chasteberry helps to regulate hormonal imbalances and promotes female hormones. It affects ovulation and menstruation in a positive way, which is responsible for fertility.
Chasteberry is very popular in Europe but not in US where doctors recommend birth control pills or metformin to help PCOS.
When medications don’t work, surgeries are done as last option. Chasteberry is an effective and inexpensive way to cure PCOS. It can save women from surgery.
How does Chasteberry Cure PCOS ?
Chasteberry acts on pituitary glands and hypothalamusinside the brain. It increases production of luteinizing hormone (LH) and feebly inhibits follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Due to this, the ratio of estrogen and progesterone is affected and progesterone dominates.
When a woman does not ovulate to start second half of the monthly cycle, the body doesn’t produce the required amount of progesterone. Progesterone deficiency leads to symptoms of PCOS and hormone imbalance called Estrogen dominance.
Most of the women suffering with PCOS have estrogen dominance and combined insufficient progesterone both.
Chasteberry helps by altering estrogen and progesterone ratio positively.
Apart from fertility and mestrual isues, Chasteberry also works on acne and hairloss.
You must consult a doctor or nutritionist before taking Chasteberry. It takes nearly 2-6 months to start working on the body.
Chasteberry in India
There are a lot of Chasteberry supplements available in India. I will review the one I have been using since 3 months.
Till then, take good care of yourself !
P.S – Diet for PCOS here.
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