Benefits of Agnus Castus
Agnus Castus was popularly used in the middle ages as an effective female remedy. It was used to help minimize sexual desires and according to recent studies, Roman wives used to spread the leaves on their homes when there husbands were at war. It was then nicknamed the ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œ’ chaste berry tree”. Traditionally, the aromatic leaves were an effective European therapy for regulating and controlling the female reproductive system. Here are the common benefits of agnus castus:
1. Aids the birth process
Recent studies show that it was used to treat dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea, and normalize monthly periods. It was effective to help the birth process and ease menopausal problems. Dioscorides, Theophrastus, and Hippocrates widely used agnus castus to cure a variety of conditions, such as hemorrhage during child birth. On the other hand, the plant was popularly used in sitz baths to treat infections of the uterus.
2. Regulate hormones
Because of the popular herbal culture in Europe and other parts of the world, agnus castus is widely used in relieving menstrual difficulties and regulating hormones, and is considered as the best herb to treat diseases such as endometriosis and cysts of the uterus.
3. Therapeutic effects
Recent scientific studies show that agnus castus has compounds which alter the production of female reproduction hormones. It has a progesterone effect that impedes the release of luteinizing hormone. This regulates the production of progesterone hormone, which helps to normalize a woman’s cycle.
4. Minimizes symptoms of premenstrual cycle
A recent study indicates a 50% group elimination of premenstrual symptoms such as mood changes, insomnia, anxiety, or nervous tension, from women who were consuming dried castus capsules. On the other hand, it also helps increase milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
Agnus castus has its share of disadvantages as well, it is not recommended during pregnancy. The common side effects include mild skin rash, and minor stomach upset.