Chaste Tree and Yin Yoga
Do you experience irritability, food cravings or the bloating of PMS? If so, this video on balancing your hormones naturally with chaste tree and a yin yoga pose for PMS is for you.
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If you experience fatigue, trouble sleeping, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, headaches or backaches, food cravings, joint or muscle pain, mood swings, irritability, anxiety or depression, you may be experiencing the symptoms of PMS.
Make sure you watch all the way to the end so I can tell you how to get my 7 days of how to balance your hormones naturally with yoga, recipes and quick self care routines.
Wild crafted chaste tree fruit or chasteberry or vitex, is a fruit, which is about the size of a peppercorn and has been used for over 2, 000 years in herbal medicine.
A study done in the year 2000 published in the Journal of Women’s Health and Gender Based Medicine found that PMS symptoms of depression, anxiety, food cravings and bloating decreased over a treatment period of three menstrual cycles in 93% of patients. 93% of patients reported a decrease in the number of symptoms or even a cessation in their PMS complaints altogether.
Several studies have shown that chaste tree or chasteberry may help reduce symptoms of PMS, including headache, irritable mood, and breast tenderness, however at least one study found it did not help reduce bloating.
2013 study published in Planta Medicine found that seven of eight trials found Vitex extracts to be superior to placebo for premenstrual syndrome
The way that chaste berry works is by affecting your hypothalamus and pituitary glands. What it does is helps to balance out the ratio of progesterone and estrogen in your body, slightly raising your levels of progesterone. Chaste berry isn’t a hormone, but it helps your body raise its own levels of progesterone.
For PMS it is recommended that you take: 400 milligrams daily before breakfast
The link to the Chaste Tree Liquid Extract that I am using today from Botanica is here
If you live in Victoria BC you can get it at Mother Natures Market and Deli
Vitex may interfere with some medications, including birth control pills, antipsychotics, and estrogen supplements for use with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, for example. If you have a hormone-sensitive condition, such as endometriosis or breast cancer, or if you have a history of Parkinson disease or mental illness, talk to your doctor before taking chaste tree.
When it comes to choosing a yin yoga pose to ease PMS we need to look at the flow of Qi or prana or energy and blood through the body. As a women builds to her menstrual cycle there is a building up of Qi or energy and blood throughout the month to support the possibility of a fertilized egg and the possibility of pregnancy. Menstruation is a shedding of the uterine lining, a shedding of the blood and the energy circulates so the cycle can begin again.
It is the liver meridian that supports the free flow of Qi or energy and blood throughout the entire body. So we can look to our liver meridian to support the flow of energy and blood in our menstrual cycle. Our liver meridian energy is easily disturbed by frustration, stress, anxiety, and the myriad of toxins that we are exposed to through our environment and foods. When this happens the flow of energy in the liver begins to stagnate and the circulation of Qi and blood becomes affected. The result can be symptoms of PMS.
PMS can affect us on an emotional and physical level. If the energy and blood is not circulating optimally along that liver meridian line we could experience irritability, bloating, low energy, headaches, mood swings, food cravings, anxiety, depression. This is Qi getting stuck.
Today I am going to show you one yin yoga pose, wide knee child’s pose which will pull on the tissues in the inner thighs and groins in this pose affects the liver channel. This yin yoga pose will focus on nourishing the qi and blood and moving the Qi in the liver meridian to help ease the symptoms of PMS. It is also an incredibly nourishing and restorative pose to help balance to the excess of yang energy and overwork that contributes to PMS as well.