Last update Jan. 12, 2024
The ripe fruits of the plant are used. Contains: Heteroidic iridoids, flavonoids, essential oil with monoterpenes such as limonene and 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol), diterpenes with dopaminergic effect and fatty acids (linoleic and oleic) (Fitoterapia.net, WHO 2009). Indications approved by the European Medicines Agency and Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: menstrual cycle irregularities, premenstrual syndrome, mastodynia (EMA 2018, Tesch 2003, Hardy 2000, Blumenthal 1998).
It has been used in some traditional medicines as a galactogen and also to decrease milk production (Eglash 2014). There is no published scientific evidence for either of these two purported properties.(Dugoua 2008).
Five compounds have been found in this plant that strongly coupled to the estrogen receptor, potentially acting as hormone disruptors (Powers 2015). There is no evidence for the safety of this plant.(Sachs 2013).
Some authors consider it compatible with breastfeeding.(Amir 2011).
If used during lactation, very moderate consumption of this plant is recommended, observing possible changes in milk production.
We do not have alternatives for Chasteberry.
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