Vitex, also called chasteberry, is a popular herbal supplement marketed for feminine health. Many women want to enlarge their breasts without surgery or hormones, and look to herbal breast enhancement supplements. Taking Vitex for breast enlargement may be safe and effective for some women.
Effects of Vitex
Vitex works in the body to reduce prolactin, the hormone in the body responsible for lactation. It also limits FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), which is triggered in the pituitary gland and stimulates the ovaries. Vitex additionally increases LH (luteinizing hormone), which may trigger ovulation in some infertile women. Although these effects have not been clinically proven to increase breast size, Vitex’s interaction with the female body leads women to believe it could be a component in a supplement for breast enhancement. Some women report a reduction in PMS and menopause symptoms while taking Vitex.
Taking Vitex for Breast Growth
Buy Vitex from a health food or supplement store in capsule, tincture or bulk herbal form. Vitex can be purchased separately, or as part of a combination supplement containing other herbs. If the supplement contains other herbs, make sure your doctor and pharmacist know about not only the Vitex but all the other herbs contained in the supplements in order to check for possible drug interactions. For instance, certain herbs that work on the female reproductive system are known to interfere with the effectiveness of hormonal birth control, like the pill.
Purchase Vitex supplements that contain every part of the tree. The bark, leaves and fruit are known to carry the various chemicals that hold beneficial hormonal effects. An average daily dose is 30-40 mg of vitex.
For Vitex to have its full effect on the body, it should be taken long-term, for six months or longer. Do not take Vitex with any medications that contain progesterone. Take Vitex first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. Vitex is not known to cause any toxic side effects, but can cause an upset stomach. Follow dosing instructions on the package. Report to a doctor any side effects or allergic reactions from using Vitex.
Because Vitex has the potential to alter the body’s hormonal balance, children and teens who are still growing and developing should not take Vitex. Men who wish to father children should not take Vitex due to a link to decreased fertility in males.
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