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  • #16
    Angie, when your doctor said "you don't have to worry about getting too much of a hormone," did he mean with Vitex you don't have to worry? Or was he saying even with HRT you don't have to worry about too much? (I find that last one REALLY hard to believe - but did want to check it out with you.)

    I went ahead and bought Vitex last Friday, and started taking it Saturday. At least for the next couple of months, I think I will continue taking HRT as well. Then, I might start weaning myself off the HRT and hopefully, enough Vitex will have built up in my system to do the job. I'll definitely be keeping my fingers crossed!

    Gwen





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    • #17
      Gwen, I will be waiting to hear how this works for you. I might ask my doctor about Vitex next time I'm there, just to see what she says.





      Peggy
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      • #18
        Dr Christopher's Female Tonic is great for hot flashes! I used this in the past and it works great! I used to use the Hormonal Changease and/or Female Reproductive but did not resolve the hot flashes until I switched to the Female Tonic. I really believe the Vitex made the difference. I have learned in the last year, however, if I consume too much sugar I always get hot flashes. Kill the sugar - they go away!

        The information is:
        This formula has been used historically as a tonic to help promote vitality, strength, energy, balance and overall health of the female reproductive systems. It also helps increase the body’s ability to combat painful menstrual cycles, indigestion, nausea, and discomfort due to pregnancy. This formula is also a good source of phytonutrients, which help strengthen the thyroid and regulate metabolism. The following is a list of this synergistic blend: Squawvine Herb, Red Raspberry Leaves, Nettle Leaves, Dandelion Leaves, Wild Yam Root, Cramp Bark, Chickweed Herb, Purple Dulse Leaves, Vitex (Chaste) Berries, Motherwort Herb & Ginger Root. All encapsulated products are in a pure 100% vegetable based capsule.






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        • #19
          With Vitex you won't get too much of any certain hormone.

          Angie





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          • #20
            Vitex is an adaptogen for the ovary. It helps your body to restore the functions and balance the sex hormone, so, you will not have too much or too little, it is not a hormone replacement program, therefore, if you are healed, you can get off it.

            Alfalfa is a food source adaptogen for the pituitary gland. Maca is a food source adaptogen and a sex hormone building blocks.

            Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng), Rhodiola rosea, Schisandra chinensis and Panax ginseng are all adaptogens.

            http://natural-fertility-info.com/is...and-vitex.html





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            • #21
              Thanks Ayj for the info





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              • #22
                Thanks, ayj! That's why I call her our resident naturopath!





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                • #23
                  Great information, AYJ! I am sure some people respond better to some supplements. Vitex and rhodiola are two that work for me!

                  Angie





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                  • #24
                    So would the Vitex work the same way whether you have ovaries or have had them surgically removed?





                    Peggy
                    T1/T4

                    Started T-Tapp in July 2010 after searching for a good strengthening/stretching/flexibility workout. I think I found it!

                    "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
                    In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."

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                    • #25
                      That's a great question, Peggy! I kept mine, thankfully. Ayj is a treasure trove of great info!!





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                      • #26
                        LOL of treasure trove. Just a wandering mind with a good memory.

                        http://www.chinese-herbs.org/vitex/

                        Vitex works at the Pituitary area and follicle area, so it works with and without the ovary. Read thru the cautions of the articles and comments. Itchy and creepy crawlies feeling means you are overdose, reduce the amount. If you are still itchy, you are allergic to ragweed or chamomile. I read the same info on a hysterectomy forum. LOL, there is a forum for everything. The places that an inquisitive mind can wander!

                        Break is over, see you guys later tonight.





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                        • #27
                          I used it to help me to conceive and combined with other, very necessary energy therapies, I felt very good while taking it. I just gave birth to an awesome baby boy who is 16 weeks old today and I gave birth at 47 years young.

                          I recommend doing a lot of research, and paying close attention to EVERYTHING you are doing, drinking, eating AND thinking and feeling. Keep track in a simple journal and this way you'll see what is helping you and what is hindering you.

                          Lots of great info on this thread. Tappers are awesome resources!





                          Pamela, Type 3, strong secondary Type 4


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                          • #28
                            I started Vitex a few weeks ago. My period this time came sooner (which is fine because with perimenopause they've been coming further apart) and has been more normal, where they've been very heavy the past few months. I've been taking 2, but when my period started I switched to one, although I should probably keep taking 2 for a while. I did notice, however, NO PMS irritability like I've always had. I didn't even know it was coming!





                            Meredith

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                            • #29
                              Meredith, I think you are supposed to not take any during your cycle.

                              Vitex does make you more fertile and raises your chances of multiples. Just so you all know :-)

                              Angie





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                              • #30
                                I had to laugh when I did a search of vitex...up came pictures of chasteberry trees/bushes which we have all over my area...think I might have to go on midnight raids of peoples yards! lol No, I wouldnt do that. Wouldnt know what to do with the stuff anyway! I cant have HRT or any kind of hormone due to having had breast cancer, but this might work.

                                Nancy





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