Traditional Research | Women’s Calmpound

Chaste Tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus)*

Indicated for menopausal hot flashes and PMS symptoms such as mood swings and edema. It is used to normalize the reproductive hormones after taking birth control pills. Normalizes pituitary activity especially relating to progesterone levels.  In men chaste berry decreases excessive sexual desire and reduces outbreaks of acne in some pubescent boys.

Skullcap fresh herb (Scutellaria lateriflora)*

Indicated for nervous exhaustion, tremors and palsies, trigeminal neuralgia, and Parkinson's disease.  It is a nervine which strengthens depleted, irritated nervous systems.

Motherwort fresh herb (Leonurus cardiaca)*

An anodyne, antispasmodic and emmenagogue useful for PMS, dysmenorrhea, palpitations caused by hyperthyroidism or nervousness, elevated blood pressure (stress related) and neuralgias. It is also often used for post-partum pain.

Blue Vervain fresh herb (Verbena hastata)*

An underutilized medicine especially useful for spasmodic nervous disorders. It is indicated for spastic pain that would be described in Traditional Chinese Medicine as Liver Wind. It is useful for trigeminal neuralgia, Tourette's syndrome and petit mal epilepsy associated with menses.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.