Chasteberry is from a tree with the scientific name of Vitex agnus-castus. It has been referred to as the "chaste" tree for centuries because folklore has it that the chasteberry would help calm sexual desire. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it is also known as "monk's pepper," or "monk's tree," as monks were reported to have used it to help them remain pure. Today, extracts of the chasteberry are often used in many forms, and one of the most popular forms is chasteberry tea.
Chasteberry tea has been shown to increase fertility and chances of conceiving. The Journal of Reproductive Medicine reported a study in which women who had fertility issues used chasteberry tea that had additional green tea and some vitamins added. Researchers reported that the women experienced an increase in progesterone (needed for healthy formation of the womb), as well as an extension in the number of days that temperature was good for ovulation. As a result of these changes, the researchers also reported that after five months, 33 percent of the women who had been having trouble conceiving were pregnant.
Premenstrual Syndrome Relief
Premenstrual symptoms can be very debilitating for some women. Chasteberry extract has been found by Swiss researchers to reduce both the physical symptoms and mood swings associated with PMS. The physical symptom most notably alleviated by chasteberry was breast tenderness, which is one of the biggest complaints from those who suffer with severe PMS. Having a cup of chasteberry tea can not only help alleviate that discomfort, but it can relieve stress as well.
Chasteberry has been found to have anti-cancer properties. Having been found effective in killing tumor cells of various types of cancer such as breast, ovarian and colon, chasteberry extracts were tested on colon cancer cells by researchers in Switzerland. Not only did the cells stop multiplying, they experienced aptopsis, which is cell death.
While research continues into its healing properties, take the time to enjoy a cup of chasteberry tea, knowing that the chasteberry extracts in that tea are providing your body with many health benefits.