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Higher Nature Agnus Castus PMS Relief - Used to relieve premenstrual symptoms, bloating, mood swings, menstrual cramps and breast tenderness.
Code: HNHEAP030Brand: Higher NatureFORM (e.g. capsules): Tablets
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Used to relieve premenstrual symptoms, bloating, mood swings, menstrual cramps and breast tenderness.Agnus Castus PMS Relief is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to help relieve symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, based on traditional use only.PMS is thought to affect up to 70% of women of childbearing age and many will suffer in silence each month. Agnus Castus has been traditionally used for centuries to relieve symptoms associated with PMS.Agnus castus is also known as Vitex, Chaste Berry or Monk’s Pepper and is a large shrub native to the Mediterranean region of southern Europe. The plant produces small, aromatic white or lilac flowers in the height of summer and, after pollination, develops dark reddish-brown-to-black fruits about the size of peppercorns.One tablet contains 4mg of Agnus castus fruit (Vitex agnus castus L.) extract.Made from natural herbs. Independently assessed for quality and safety. Suitable for vegetarians.Higher Nature Agnus Castus PMS Relief is not suitable if you are under 18 years of age, pregnant or trying to become pregnant, breastfeeding, suffering from a current pituitary disorder or allergic to any of the ingredients.Always read the label.Ingredients in Higher Nature Agnus Castus PMS Relief:
Each film-coated tablet contains 4mg of extract (as dry extract) from Agnus Castus fruit (Vitex agnus castus L.) (7-13:1) (equivalent to 28-52mg of Agnus Castus). Extraction solvent: ethanol 60% v|v.This product also contains the following ingredients: Liquid glucose, silica colloidal anhydrous, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, maize starch, cellulose microcrystalline, sodium starch glycolate (type A). Film-coating: Lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, macrogol 4000, titanium dioxide (E 171), iron (III)-oxide (E 172).How to take Higher Nature Agnus Castus PMS Relief:
For women experiencing premenstrual symptoms. Take 1 tablet daily. Try to take the tablets at the same time each day, either in the morning or evening. Swallow the tablets whole with some water or other liquid. Do not chew the tablets. You can take the tablets with or without food. The maximum beneficial effect of this product may take up to 3 months to develop in some women.Please note: Do not exceed the stated dose. DO NOT TAKE this product if you are: *lactose-intolerant (react badly to lactose or milk) *pregnant or trying to become pregnant *breastfeeding *allergic to any of the ingredients *suffering from a pituitary disorder *under 18 years of age.
Higher Nature Agnus Castus PMS Relief
Agnus castus is a shrub that grows in Mediterranean countries and central Asia. It is also known as chaste-berry, as eating the seeds was originally believed to reduce libido.
Agnus castus has been used for centuries to help female gynaecological issues and is a traditional herbal medicine to help relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as irritability, mood swings, headaches, bloating and breast tenderness.
Agnus castus berries are usually dried out, then made into either a powder (taken as capsules) or a tincture. It can also be used as an essential oil.
Agnus castus is thought to have an impact on hormone-producing areas of the brain, such as the pituitary gland, which then leads to a reduction in prolactin, a hormone that may be involved in PMS. Agnus castus is most often taken for PMS, but research shows it may also be helpful for other hormonal conditions including menopause and female fertility issues:
A study found that agnus castus could offer relief from mild to moderate PMS symptoms, including headaches, depression and bloating while another study reported in 2000 that the herb could reduce – and in some cases, entirely stop – PMS symptoms.
According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2009, there is enough ‘emerging pharmacological evidence’ to recommend agnus castus as a way to manage menopause symptoms, particularly the PMS-like symptoms that occur during the perimenopause.
An earlier 2003 study concluded that applying agnus castus essential oil to the skin could ease symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, sleep patterns and irregular periods.
Agnus castus could improve female fertility, particularly in women who have a shortened second-half of their menstrual cycle. Several studies have found that agnus castus can rebalance hormones and lengthen menstrual cycles, regulate periods and even lead to successful pregnancies.
How much agnus castus is safe to take?
The European Medicines Agency suggests that 20mg a day of agnus castus is safe to take, to treat PMS. However, you should not take it for more than three months without advice from your GP or a healthcare professional, or if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
Some known side-effects of agnus castus include allergic reactions, such as swelling and difficulty breathing, headaches, nausea and stomach aches, and irregular periods. If you experience any of these side effects, stop taking agnus castus and seek medical attention – particularly if you’re having an allergic reaction.
Because of the herb’s effect on the pituitary gland, those with a pituitary disorder should not take it without talking to their doctor first. If you’re taking any other hormone medications, such as the contraceptive pill or hormone-replacement therapy (HRT), do not take agnus castus without proper medical advice from your GP or a healthcare professional.
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