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 V. 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, while simultaneously for the short term, it increases progesterone. These combined effects can explain why V. agnus-castus has been known to normalize the duration of the secretory (luteal) phase. Once prolactin is lowered, and a temporary increase of progesterone is no longer sustained, the premenstrual stage begins. In low doses, chasteberry increases prolactin production by the pitutary gland: this suggests resensitization by low amounts.
Anecdotal evidence shows that modest amounts of chasteberry continue to lower prolactin after it is taken. Whenever V. agnus-castus is taken with other herbs, there is noticeable breast swelling. Over time, this swelling goes away, because possibly, prolactin production is continuing to be suppressed. Once prolactin decreases enough, the feedback loop that increases progesterone stops.
Many species within Vitex have anti-cancer properties.
Chasteberry for breast enlargement
Vitex should be taken in the most minimal dose only during secretory phase, no more than once per day. Its use should be rare, once near the beginning of secretory phase, and as a response to puffy or extroverted nipples during secretory phase. Once there is breast swelling from taking herbs, more chasteberry will only impede results.
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