Herbal Fact #9: CHASTEBERRY is an herb named for chastity because it was used to reduce sexual desire in the Middle Ages.

CHASTEBERRY is an herb named for chastity because it was used to reduce sexual desire in the Middle Ages. It is made from the fruit of the Chaste tree. If you are wondering who the customers were for a product that reduces sexual desire, they were monks who wanted to keep their minds on their manuscripts. It is also known as Vitex and this flowering tree native to the Mediterranean was said to increase sexual desire in the ancient Greeks. So I guess it depends on your state of mind. Today it is used for Premenstrual Syndrome which occurs 10 days before menstruation when progesterone levels rise sharply causing breast tenderness, and fluid retention. There are many Phytonutrients in this herb including flavonoids (vitexin and casticin), limonene, steroid-like substances and essential oils thought to affect the dopamine system in the brain, but there is little research on this and much more could be done. So while you may want this for premenstrual symptoms, men should watch out for its anti-Viagra effects!!#drdavidheber #chasteberry #pms to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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