This is about Vitex, and hormonal properties of chasteberry for breast enhancement.
Vitex agnus-castus and Vitex negundo have roles in traditional medicine for women's health. The plant of V. agnus-castus goes by chaste tree or sage tree. Fruits of V. agnus-castus are commonly known as chasteberry. Vitex trifolia and Vitex rotundifolia are other species within Vitex.
Vitex belongs to the Verbenaceae or Verbena family.
Vitex species of agnus-castus and rotundifolia are the ones known for hormonal properties. V. agnus-castus has been used successfully to treat hyperprolactima, premenstrual syndrome, and cyclical mastalgia (breast pain). It is uncertain if V. rotundifolia can be used in place of chasteberry.
Overuse of chasteberry reduces libido, as its name implies. From the evidence of Vitex agnus-castus' ability to lower prolactin, it is used for treating breast pain.
Chasteberry has various properties. In high doses, it lowers the pituitary's production of prolactin. In low doses, chasteberry increases prolactin production by the pitutary gland: this suggests resensitization by low amounts. During late secretory phase, it increases estrogen and balances progesterone levels.
Anecdotal evidence shows that modest amounts of chasteberry continue to lower prolactin symptoms after it is taken. During secretory phase, after recent signs of nipple growth, Vitex agnus-castus reduces nipple size and causes breast swelling. Chasteberry decreases prolactin, while simultaneously for the short term raises progesterone. Over time, this swelling goes away, because likely, prolactin production is continuing to be suppressed so that the feedback loop that increases progesterone eventually declines.
Once the temporary increase of progesterone is no longer sustained as a result of lowered prolactin levels, the premenstrual stage begins. These combined effects can explain why V. agnus-castus has been known to normalize the duration of the secretory (luteal) phase.
Many species within Vitex have anti-cancer properties.
Chasteberry for breast enlargement
Vitex agnus-castus should be taken in a minimal dose only once during mid to late secretory phase. Taking more or taking it during other phases can impede results. Chasteberry may take from a few hours to over a day for a noticeable result of breast swelling. This is a partial herb recommendation for use of chasteberry. For use of herbs to sustain breast swelling from vitex, see super-bazongas.pdf.
Vitex's use should be as a response to puffy or extroverted (pronounced) nipples during secretory phase. When there is an increase of nipple or areola size due to prolactin, taking vitex will cause breast swelling while reducing nipple size. Once there is swelling from taking prolactin increasing herbs with chasteberry, taking more chasteberry may cause breast shrinking. Taking vitex outside of secretory phase, may not cause the same estrogenic results as when taken during secretory.
If you have hirsutism, PCOS, hot-flashes, other signs of hormone imbalances, see estrogen-imbalance and treating hirsutism program before trying herbs. See precautions for more details of care to be taken with herb use. Also, check for the latest blog updates about herb and hormone safety.
Herb concentrates can be tens of times more potent by weight than herbs in solid form. This can easily lead to hormone imbalances. For this reason, concentrate extracts are not recommended for extended or excessive internal use, especially during fertility years. Concentrates shouldn't be used to overcome plateaus. Another issue with herbal extracts, is that they may not have the full range of properties of the herb. If opting to use herb extracts, use no more than 1 drop at a time, diluted in a food-grade carrier oil (like unrefined olive oil) or water.
Biology describes the science of breast development and endocrinology. Symptoms related to hormone imbalances are important to understand. The text from Biology and Hormone Imbalances is in breast-endocrinology.pdf, which uses a Creative Commons license.
super-bazongas.pdf continues about herb use, including the potential role of Vitex, in a herb schedule for breast enhancement. Herb timing and combinations' success for breast enhancement relies on menstrual phases. See programs for examples of herb combination use, and for pictures of successful herbal breast enlargement.
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- The genus Vitex: A review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3841997/.
- Vitex agnus-castus Extracts for Female Reproductive Disorders: A Systematic Review of Clinical Trials. https://www.thieme-connect.com/DOI/DOI?10.1055/s-0032-1327831.
- Can Vitex Agnus Castus be Used for the Treatment of Mastalgia? What is the Current Evidence?. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2529385/.
- An Update on Plant Derived Anti-Androgens. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693613/.
Etymology & Definitions:
- USDA Plant profile: Vitex. https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=VITEX.
- U.S. National Plant Germplasm System: Vitex. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomygenus.aspx?id=12733.