Traditional Research | Women’s Transition Compound

Chaste Tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus)*

Indicated for menopausal hot flashes and PMS symptoms such as mood swings and edema.  It is useful to mediate the after effects from birth control pills and rebalance the hormones.  Normalizes pituitary activity especially relating to progesterone levels. In men chaste berry decreases excessive sexual desire, and in some pubescent boys with acne it reduces outbreaks.

Dong Quai dried root (Angelica sinensis)*

A popular Chinese herb often used to revitalize and move blood (xue). Because of this activitiy it is often used for female reproductive problems such as fibroids, ovarian cysts, menopausal discomfort, PMS, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea.  It is also useful for menstrual or menopausal constipation. 

Blue Vervain fresh herb (Verbena hastata)*

An underutilized medicine especially useful for spasmodic nervous disorders. It is indicated for some types of petit mal epilepsy (especially if associated with menses), PMS and menopausal anxiety, and irritability associated with fevers and flu.

Black Cohosh fresh root (Actaea racemosa)*

An emmenagogue, antispasmodic, oxytocic and partus preparator indicated for cases of dysmenorrhea with scanty flow, amenorrhea, muscular pain in the back, pelvis and thighs, post partum pain and pain from salpingitis.  This herb is also indicated for rheumatic neuralgia, fibromyalgia, muscular pain and cases where the muscles feel bruised.

Night-Blooming Cereus fresh stem (Selenicereus grandiflorus)*

Indicated for heart diseases of nervous or drug origin (coffee, tobacco, etc.), nervous tachycardia, palpitations, feeble and irregular pulse, and shortness of breath with mild exertion.


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McQuade-Crawford, A.  The Herbal Menopause Book, Crossing Press, 1996

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.