The Dos and Don’ts of Vitex for Period Problems

Vitex or chaste tree for period problemsVitex (also called Chaste tree or Chaste berry) is a herbal medicine prepared from the berries of a large Mediterranean tree (Vitex agnus-castus). In ancient times, it was used to suppress the libido of monks, hence the name. Fortunately, it does not have that effect on women.

Vitex is effective medicine for breast pain, irregular periods, premenstrual mood symptoms, and some types of acne.

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The Role of Histamine and Mast Cells in PMS and PMDD

histamine and PMDD

Mast cell activation and histamine can play a role in premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). 

That’s why both ovulatory and premenstrual mood symptoms can be relieved by over-the-counter antihistamines as well as natural histamine-reducing strategies such as vitamin B6, SAM-e, and a dairy-free diet. 

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How Vitamin B6 Relieves Premenstrual Mood Symptoms

PMS cureThank you to my nutrition professor who first taught me about vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) for PMS. It is a reliable treatment for premenstrual mood problems including PMDD.

I still remember B6 as the eureka moment in how I thought about periods. Suddenly, I had much higher expectations of what a period should be like. Premenstrual mood symptoms are common, but they’re not normal. 

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Why I Prescribe Iodine for Breast Pain, Ovarian Cysts, and PMS

Iodine for female hormones.

Iodine helps with breast pain, premenstrual mood symptoms, and the prevention of ovarian cysts. It works by promoting healthy estrogen metabolism, down-regulating estrogen receptors, and stabilising estrogen-sensitive tissue including breasts, uterus, ovaries, and the brain.

Iodine’s anti-estrogen effect makes it one of the best treatments for estrogen excess or “estrogen dominance,” although I don’t use that term.

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