chastetree berry beats PMS

Most women are affected by PMS, and many of them are put on drugs. That means that many women are regularly prescribed hormones or antidepressants. But they don’t need to be. There’s a very safe herb that effectively does the job!

Chastetree berry has a long history and a long list of studies supporting its use as a remedy for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It is simply the best answer to PMS: natural or pharmaceutical.

That claim was first validated recently when a systematic review and meta-analysis of 17 controlled studies found that chastetree berry has a large beneficial effect on all PMS symptoms, including anxiety and depression. It was superior to placebo in 9 out of 10 studies and in all studies that used chastetree berry extract. It was comparable to oral contraceptives and to Prozac with no significant difference except that chastetree berry was safer: a very important difference (Am J Obstet Gynecol 2017;217(2):150-166).

Now a second systematic review has demonstrated the power of chastetree berry. This systematic review included eight controlled studies with a total of 1,036 women. The studies lasted from two to three months.

In all five studies that compared chastetree berry to placebo, there was a significant improvement in the chastetree berry group. The optimal dose of chastetree berry in these studies may have been 20mg of dry extract, which worked better than 8mg and as well as 30mg.

One study found that Prozac was better at improving the psychological symptoms of PMS, but another found that chastetree berry was just as good.


Am J Obstet Gynecol 2017;217(2):150-166


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For much more on preventing and treating PMS, see our book The Family Naturopathic Encyclopedia and Linda’s book, Smart Woman’s Guide to PMS & Pain-free Periods.

For a recent review of chastetree berry for women’s health, see Vol. 20, No. 8 of The Natural Path.


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