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Chasteberry For Fertility : Do They Really Work?

In herbal therapy as well as Chinese Medicine, Vitex, a dried fruit, is frequently used to address hormonal issues and promote female fertility.  Its popular names include chastetree, chasteberry, monk’s pepper,  Man Jing Zi in Chinese Medicine and its scientific name is Vitex agnus castus. The fruit was supposedly used to decrease men’s libido back in the Middle Ages, hence the name. Currently Chasteberry is being researched for its potential to improve women’s fertility by balancing their hormonal systems.  In the past, people with gynaecological disorders and skin conditions used Chasteberry extracts and showed positive results. 

Man Jing Zi – Fructus Viticis – TCM Property
Acrid, bitter, cool; Bladder, Liver, Stomach

  • Disperse wind-heat:
  • Exterior wind-heat with headache. Clear the head and eyes:
  • Wind-heat disturbing upward with red swollen painful teary eyes.
    Acrid, Cool Herbs that Release the Exterior
  • Used for Wind-dampness Painful Obstruction.

Chinese Medicine’s perspective on Chasteberry for fertility

In  Chinese Medicine, fertility issues are often attributed to an imbalance in the body’s energy, or Qi, and blood. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, diet, and lifestyle. When the Qi and blood are not flowing smoothly, it can lead to infertility.

Chasteberry is believed to work by promoting the proper flow of Qi and blood, which can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and improve fertility. It is also believed to have a cooling effect on the body, which can help to reduce inflammation and heat, two factors that can interfere with fertility.

In addition, Chasteberry is believed to have an impact on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which are responsible for regulating hormone production. By promoting the proper balance of hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin, Chasteberry may help to improve fertility and increase the chances of conception.

Benefits of Chasteberry for Women With Fertility Issues: 

  • Increases Progesterone Levels
  • Regulate Menstrual Cycle 
  • Prevent Miscarriage 
  • Inhibit follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
  • Lengthens a short luteal phase
  • Increased progesterone levels
  • Help with Lack of menstruation (amenorrhea)
  • Balance and regulate menstruation after stopping birth control pills
  • Stimulate breast milk production in new mothers

Chastberry works by balancing woman’s hormonal system, in turn having a positive effect on fertility. 


Can Chasteberry Really Help You Get Pregnant?

According to research carried out in 2019 by Edu Antoine, Sergiu Chirila, and Cristina Teodorescu, 37%, of women who struggled to get pregnant managed to conceive after regularly using Agnus Castus. It’s also worth mentioning that during the study, no side effects of using Chasteberry were reported.

A  review in 2014, by Susan Arentz, Jason Anthony Abbott, Caroline Anne Smith, and Alan Bensoussan suggested that Agnus castus benefits for females include the positive effects on prolactin levels. The study found pre-clinical and clinical evidence for Agnus castus for lowered prolactin. On top of that, it showed that women who tried using Chasteberry for fertility improved their menstrual regularity and fought infertility successfully.

762 women with menstrual irregularities, hyperandrogenism and/or PCOS participated in this study where they used herbal extracts of agnus-castus among other supplements. As a result, they experienced reduced testosterone, fasting insulin, prolactin, and luteinising hormone. Furthermore, Chasteberry apparently helps in ovulation regulation and improves metabolic hormone profile and fertility outcomes in PCOS.

Chasteberry Improves Conditions Affecting Women’s Reproductive Systems

When it comes to premenstrual syndrome – PMS, Chasteberry  has been shown to be effective in alleviating PMS symptoms as it possesses heat-clearing properties that help to address the stagnation associated with inflammation and excess heat, according to Chinese Medicine. 

While PMS itself may not directly affect fertility, the underlying hormonal imbalances that cause PMS can interfere with the menstrual cycle and make it more difficult to conceive. For example, elevated levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone can disrupt ovulation, leading to irregular menstrual cycles and making it more difficult to predict ovulation and time intercourse.

Chasteberry can help to reduce PMS symptoms such as headaches, breast tenderness, and cramping, primarily due to its ability to regulate estrogen and progesterone levels. By increasing progesterone, Vitex helps to balance estrogen levels and reduce the production of prostaglandins, which are responsible for menstrual pain and breast tenderness. By promoting a more balanced and regular menstrual cycle with reduced pain, Chasteberry can also support healthy conception. 

According to research, vitex works by lowering prolactin levels in the body. This reduces PMS symptoms by restoring the balance of other hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. 

A study in 2017 demonstrated that Chasteberry  contributed to the treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Furthermore, it was found to be beneficial in infertility disorder.

Women with PMS were given a placebo or 20 mg of Agnus-castus daily for three menstrual cycles in two separate experiments. Compared to those who received the placebo, twice as many women in the Chastberry group reported a reduction in symptoms including irritability, mood swings, headaches, and breast fullness.


Chasteberry for PCOS, Irregular Menstruation and Ovulation 

PCOS, Irregular menstruation and ovulation can all affect the fertility outcome. In Chinese Medicine, PCOS is often associated with the accumulation of dampness and heat in the body, which can manifest as irregular menstruation, lack of ovulation, and cysts on the ovaries.

In Chinese Medicine, Chasteberry is used to regulate the liver and spleen meridians and promote the flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood, which can help to clear dampness and heat from the body. By doing so, it can help to improve the symptoms of PCOS, including irregular menstruation and lack of ovulation.

Chasteberry is believed to have an effect on the pituitary gland, which is responsible for the release of hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle. It is believed that Vitex can help to balance the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), which can help to regulate ovulation and promote fertility.

Agnus casta has been found to promote ovulation and menstruation for some women. Furthermore, Chasteberry relieves the androgen excess caused by high prolactin. 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our consultation page where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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