Should I up my dose of Vitex. For 4 months now I have taken Vitex 400mg twice a day, this has greatly helped with regular periods 29 to 30 days, lighter and clot free bleed with a lot less pain.
Thou I am still suffering headache and fatigue, breast pain after ovulation. I believe I have severe estrogen dominance as I have weight gain.
I just cannot shift even thou I eat healthy and exercise. I am at a loss what to do next. I also take vitamins, evening primrose and some flaxseed to helps joints. What can you recommend? All my hormones read normal from blood tests and FSH good, my doc says its women’s issues and not much help.Answer:
There regular recommended Vitex dosage depends on the potency of the herbal remedy you are using. Vitex
in dry capsules (0.5% agnusides): 1000-1500 mg per day in divided dosages.
Vitex helps regulate the action of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, correcting the problem at the source.
Vitex can be taken after the menstrual cycle up until the periods show up for at least 3 months up until 18 months or beyond.
Vitex is also a very gentle, slow acting herb and needs time to provide relieve from estrogen dominance. It can be taken safely for months and even years.
So, the longer you take it, the more long lasting affects you will notice.
If you are trying to conceive, stop taking Vitex once you have a positive HPT.
Vitex can be taken alone
or in combination with other herbs. The synergistic action of these herbs has a more profound effect on hormonal balance.
You can up you Vitex intake by adding and hormonal balance support herbal remedy like Fem Rebalance
Estrogen dominance is not a medical diagnosis but a word used by natural health practitioner to describe a set of symptoms in women who have high levels of bad estrogen and low levels of progesterone.
Bad estrogen mimics the action of natural estrogen in your body by binding to the estrogen receptor sites in tissues that respond to estrogen stimulation like the lining of the uterus, the breasts and the ovaries.
The weight gain and estrogen dominance play a very important role in insulin resistance. The regulation of your hormones depends on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. A dysfunction at this level is consequentially seen in the rest of hormonal regulation from menstrual cycle, ovulation, and fertility to thyroid and sugar metabolism.
Vitex supports hormonal balance in the body by having an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axins, correcting the problem at the source by re-setting hormnal regulation at the pituitary levels.
Estrogen dominance is caused by hormone disruptors, which are chemicals present in your food, water and environment. These chemicals are virtually everywhere and should be avoided, as much as possible. Check your cosmetics and personal care products like your shampoo and your creams. If they contain parabens and other chemical they are what keeps you from balancing your hormones and also prevent your ability to lose weight.