Herbs for Pituitary Tumors

Pituitary tumors are usually noncancerous abnormal growths that put pressure on the pituitary gland, causing an imbalance in its production of hormones. Symptoms of pituitary tumors include abnormal growth patterns such as gigantism and excessively large hands and feet, menstrual disorders and excessive thirst, according to MayoClinic.com. Treatment includes surgical removal of the tumor and medications, including herbs that support the endocrine system. Be sure to discuss any alternative treatment options with your doctor.

Licorice supports the pituitary gland. (Image: SigridKlop/iStock/Getty Images)

Chaste Tree Berry

Chaste tree berry, or Vitex, regulates hormones and supports the function of the pituitary gland. In this capacity, chaste tree berry balances the pituitary gland's progesterone production, which alleviates symptoms of PMS, according to website Natural Ways to Health. Chaste tree berry may take several months to be effective and should be discussed with a health care provider prior to its use.

Astragalus Extract

Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb native to China that can be effective supporting the adrenal system, which includes the pituitary gland, according to website Natural Ways to Health. The recommended dose for astragalus is 500 mg of astragalus or 60 to 100 drops of tincture.

Licorice Tea

Licorice tea is an herbal remedy that balances the adrenal system that includes the pituitary gland, according to Natural Ways to Health. Licorice's active compounds, called triterpenes, support the adrenal system by mimicking adrenal cortex hormones in the body. The recommended dosage of licorice for pituitary support is a decoction with 1/2 to 1 tsp. of the root steeped in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes, taken three times per day.

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