Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste Tree Extract) May Benefit Suffers of Both PMS and Migraines

March 27th, 2014

Chaste Berry - Chaste Tree in MigreLief+M OTC SupplementIt is well-known and documented that a significant percentage of women, who suffer from migraines, have attacks that are related to the hormonal fluctuations that occur with menstruation.

Many of these women also suffer from the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), which is also thought to be triggered by the same hormonal fluctuation.  These symptoms often include, cramping, tender breasts, cravings, depression, anger, anxiety, mood swings and bloating.

MigreLief+M contains ingredients that help migraine sufferers to maintain healthy cerebrovascular function and to normalize hormonal fluctuations associated with the advent of menstruation and/or its cessation.

One of the several ingredients in MigreLief+M that contributes to these benefits is Vitex Agnus Castus (also known as chaste berry or chaste tree extract).

Several studies have demonstrated the ability of Vitex to modulate hormonal fluctuations and attenuate many of the symptoms of PMS.

Now a new open-label study, published in the peer-reviewed journal, Acta Neurology Belg. 2013 Mar 113(1):25-9 explored if Vitex also helped women with PMS with their migraines as well.

Of the 100 women who had both PMS and migraines that completed the 3 month study, 66 reported a dramatic reduction of PMS symptoms, 26 a mild reduction and 8 reported no effect.

Regarding migraines, 42% of the patients experienced a reduction in monthly attacks of greater than 50% and 57% of patients reported a reduction in monthly headache days greater than 50%.  No patients reported remarkable side-effects.

Though not addressed in this study, is the possibility that Vitex could help women whose migraines either develop or worsen upon approaching menopause. It has been shown that Vitex helps with several perimenopausal symptoms most probably because of its same ability to modulate hormonal fluctuations.

To the best of health,

 

Curt Hendrix M.S.  C.C.N.  C.N.S.

 

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