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Naturopathy: With pepper against menstrual disorders
In gynecology / naturopathy, the use of chaste tree as a medicinal plant is becoming increasingly popular. Especially in menstrual disorders, but also in the absence of a period, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or painful and / or swollen breasts in women, the plant is now used more and more and noticeably reduces the symptoms in a majority of patients.
The search for the origin of the name of the plant goes back to the Middle Ages, because since the taste can be described as spicy and spicy, it was used by monks as a pepper substitute. But the chaste tree, which belongs to the verbena family, had another effect: Since the plant was symbolic of chaste marriage in Greek mythology, it was later consumed primarily in the male monasteries in the Middle Ages, to keep the monks' libido at bay to hold and thus developed into a symbol of celibate abstinence.
Even today, the plant is still said to weaken the sex drive, especially in men - and is therefore colloquially called the chaste tree or chaste mud. Even though the chaste tree can be used very successfully for complaints, little is known about the exact effectiveness. What is certain is that the fruits contain essential oils, bitter substances, fatty oil and secondary plant substances, which means that the pepper, among other things. stimulates the production of progesterone (luteal hormone), which promotes pregnancy. Since the intake can also reduce high levels of prolactin, which in turn may lead to disorders in egg maturation, chaste tree is also considered to be particularly effective in women who cannot fluctuate.
Under certain circumstances, chasteberry can cause side effects such as reddening of the skin or rashes, but this occurs relatively rarely and otherwise quickly disappears after stopping the intake. Since the plant affects the sex hormones, adolescents as well as pregnant and lactating women should, however
in any case, as a precaution, refrain from using it. If you have serious and persistent complaints, you should see a gynecologist. (Heilpraxisnet.de, 12/13/2009)