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Health terms that begin with C
C - Vitamin (Ascobic Acid)
Cat's Claw (Inner Bark and Roots)
Chasteberry (Fruit)
Choline Bitarate
Coenzyme Q 10
Copper

Chasteberry (Fruit)

Chasteberry comes from the red berry or fruit of the chaste tree. It is commonly used to alleviate symptoms of PMS, regulate menstration, promoter fertility, ease menopausal hot flashes and other female complaints.

 Although the herb does not actually contain hormones, it does stimulate the pituitary gland (located at the base of the brain) to send a signal to the ovaries to increase production of the female hormone progesterone. Chasteberry also inhibits the excessive production of prolactin, a hormone that primarily regulates breast-milk production and other actions in this area.

 The major benefit is to restore normal hormonal equilibrium of the estrogen-progesterone ratio and therefore eliminates female complaints. Studies in Germany indicate that the herb offers at least some relief for PMS symptoms in about 90% of the women and in 33% of them the symptoms completely disappear. That means that 30% of all the women studied obtain complete relief from PMS symptoms.

 Other benefits can be regular normal monthly cycles with proper ovulation, which increase the possibility of becoming pregnant. It is also recommended for menstrual-related acne.

 In menopausal women, it can be used alone or in combination with other herbs such as dong quai or black cohosh, which can alleviate the periodic flushing and sweating that can occur at any time.

 Since this herb affects hormone production, women taking hormonal medications, including birth control pills and estrogen, or by those who are pregnant should not use this herb. If you have a medical condition, talk with your health professional before taking these supplements.

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