Chasteberry is a small brown berry about the size of a peppercorn, that comes from a tree by the name of Vitex agnus-castus and smells like peppermint. In its ripe form, the fruit is used in the preparation of herbal liquids and powdered extracts. It is known to promote hormone balance and fertility in women. It is known for its effectiveness in the treatment of menstrual disorders, PMS, menopausal symptoms such as breast tenderness, hot flashes and mood swings, infertility and decreased milk production in lactating women.
Chasteberry is also know to treat mastalgia – sore breasts or breast tenderness associated with PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) and menopause. Studies have found that the progesterone hormone plays a crucial role in conception and sustaining pregnancy. Research shows that low progesterone levels may be associated with the thinning of the uterine lining during pregnancy, corpus luteum insufficiency, and luteal phase defects.
The use of Chasteberry daily can help to balance the hormones and progesterone, allowing the body to maintain regularity on hormones and sustain a healthy pregnancy. It has also been found to be useful in men with prostate cancer or to avoid prostate cancer. Men have been using chasteberry for years as a natural anti-androgen to lower testosterone hormone levels to suppress the onset of prostate cancer. Chasteberry can be found at natural and herbal food stores in the form of powdered extract, standardized liquid extract, tinctures, capsules and supplement sold as vitex agnus castus. When purchasing, please refer to the package for proper dosage.
“Our Savior is the restorer of the moral image of God in man. He has Supplied in the natural world remedies for the ills of man, that His followers may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. We can with safety discard the concoctions which man has used in the past. The Lord has provided antidotes for disease in simple plants, and these can be used by faith, with no denial of faith; for by using the blessings provided by God for our benefit we are cooperating with Him. We can use water and sunshine and the herbs which He has caused to grow for healing maladies brought by indiscretion or accident.” -MS 65, 1899