The use of plants for healing purposes have been predated long before the existence of modern medicine.
Herbal plants have formed fundamental sources for conventional medicine in the discovery of single-ingredient medication, including aspirin (from willow bark), quinine (from cinchona bark), and morphine (from the opium poppy)......
Chaste tree berry, the queen of all herbs may have potency in the prevention and treatment of premenstrual syndrome.
Premenstrual syndrome is a faulty function of the ovaries related to the women's menstrual cycle, affecting women's physical and emotional state, and sometimes interfering with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts.
The exact causes of the premenstrual syndrome are unknown. researchers also do not know why? women with the same health condition, some are more prone to the onset of PMS than others.
However, researchers do know that chemical changes in the brain during the menstrual cycle and period, leading to fluctuations of serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) may play a crucial role in mood states and the imbalance of the levels of the hormone estrogen and progesterone could trigger PMS symptoms.
Truly, some researchers also suggested that insufficient amounts of serotonin produced a few days before menstruation may contribute to premenstrual symptoms such as depression, food cravings, and sleep problems.
Moreover, in the investigation of genes inherited from the parents and the risk of premenstrual syndrome, some researcher suggested that family history, ethnicity, and certain mutated gene could cause some women to succumb to PMS whereas others are left relatively unscathed.
Conventional medicine used to relieve pain in PMS, such as Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers may be effective, but they induce certain side effects including stomach pain and heartburn, headaches and dizziness,.... and skin rash due to an allergic reaction.
In serious cases, the medicine cause stomach ulcers, liver and kidney condition,... and hypertension. If you are taking the medicine for a long-term, please make sure that you discuss the adverse effects with your doctor.
Chaste tree berry is a species of Vitex agnus-castus, genus Vitex, belonging to the family Lamiaceae, native to the Mediterranean region, considered as Queen herb in treating menstrual problems and discomforts, The herb also has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of year as an aphrodisiac agent.
In a prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group, multi-center clinical trial in compared VAC BNO 1095 extract and placebo for up to three cycles, conducted by the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, group treated with extract of vitex agnus castus showed a significant reduced symptoms of PMS with mean total PMSD score decreased from 29.23 at baseline (0 cycle) to 6.41 at the termination (3rd cycle) with no serious of side effects.
Furthermore, the extract of vitex agnus castus (VAC, BNO 1095) oral administrated in 67 patients enrolled and randomly assigned to receive one tablet of VAC or placebo once a day, exhibited the decreased premenstrual syndrome symptoms at the 3rd cycle, including symptoms of negative affect, water retention, food cravings, and pain, in the treatment group, compared to placebo group, especially in symptoms of water retention.
The moderate-to-severe premenstrual syndrome in Chinese women study also showed significantly greater improvement of symptoms with intake of vitex agnus castus (VAC, BNO 1095)group than placebo, including symptom of insomnia.
Additionally, according to Dr. Döll M, the extract of chaste tree berry decreased the levels of prolactin serum during the first 3 weeks of the cycle of the premenstrual period, inducing stress involved expression of symptoms of PMS.
Taking together, Chaste tree berry may be a safe herbal medicine for prevention and treatment of PMS, through decreasing the levels of prolactin, and negative factors and enhancing the function of alleviating symptoms of the syndrome.
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(1) [The premenstrual syndrome: effectiveness of Vitex agnus castus].[Article in German]by Döll M1. (PubMed)
(2) Treatment for premenstrual syndrome with Vitex agnus castus: A prospective, randomized, multi-center placebo-controlled study in China by He Z1, Chen R, Zhou Y, Geng L, Zhang Z, Chen S, Yao Y, Lu J, Lin S.(PubMed)
(3) Treatment of moderate to severe premenstrual syndrome with Vitex agnus castus(BNO 1095) in Chinese women by Ma L1, Lin S, Chen R, Wang X.(PubMed)
(4) Evaluating therapeutic effect in symptoms of moderate-to-severe premenstrual syndrome with Vitex agnus castus (BNO 1095) in Chinese women by Ma L1, Lin S, Chen R, Zhang Y, Chen F, Wang X.(PubMed)
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