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聖潔莓: 改善多囊、經期唔準的助孕食療

Chasteberry, Vitex agnus castus Foster Purchased 2008

今日同大家講吓一隻喺歐洲自古已經被用來療理生殖健康、月經唔準和經前綜合症嘅傳統草本植物,就係聖潔莓(Chasteberry)

聖潔莓生長在地中海區域,佢本身不含激素,但佢嘅成份可以促進人體內各種孕激素 (如黃體生成素、雌二醇、孕銅等) 的平衡或生成,使賀爾蒙重新恢復平衡,令月經周期回復規律準時。

對於有多囊卵巢症綜合症 (PCOS)、黃體期不足 (luteal insufficiency)、月經唔準等問題而難以懷孕的女性,聖潔莓可以幫到你提高 BINGO 的機會。有實在的醫學研究支持,聖潔莓可以調節排卵,改善孕激素水平和提高成孕率,如欲瀏覽詳情,可看本文末段的即錄。

一般西醫療理不孕問題所用到的藥物多會涉及副作用,但研究證明聖潔莓可能引起的副作用非常輕微(輕微胃部不適、口乾、暈眩),亦無發現它與其他藥物存在相互作用。當然,食療助孕通常要持續一段時間才會發揮功效,懷孕後應停止服食聖潔莓。

fertilitea我們的線上商店有售的有機草本助孕茶有機聖潔莓為主要成份,售價HK$199 (足1個月用量)。請點擊這裡了解詳情。

醫學研究節錄

Herbal medicine for the management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and associated oligo/amenorrhoea and hyperandrogenism; a review of the laboratory evidence for effects with corroborative clinical findings:

“…A total of 33 studies were included in this review. Eighteen pre-clinical studies reported mechanisms of effect and fifteen clinical studies corroborated pre-clinical findings, including eight randomised controlled trials, and 762 women with menstrual irregularities, hyperandrogenism and/or PCOS … Endocrine outcomes included reduced luteinising hormone (LH), prolactin, fasting insulin and testosterone. There was evidence for the regulation of ovulation, improved metabolic hormone profile and improved fertility outcomes in PCOS” (註 1)

Chasteberry:

“…Chasteberry is well tolerated; reported adverse effects are minor and may include gastrointestinal complaints, dizziness, and dry mouth. No herb-drug interactions have been reported…”

“Results of a small RCT involving 96 women with fertility disorders (38 women with secondary amenorrhea, 31 with luteal insufficiency, and 27 with idiopathic infertility) suggested that patients receiving chasteberry achieved pregnancy more readily than did women in the placebo group. The subjects received chasteberry or placebo twice daily for three months. Hormone levels did not differ, but in women with amenorrhea or luteal insufficiency, pregnancy occurred in the active treatment group more than twice as often as in the group receiving placebo…”

“In another small RCT involving 52 patients with luteal phase defects, women in the active treatment group were found to have reduced prolactin release, normalized luteal phases, improved luteal phase progesterone synthesis, and increased luteal phase estradiol. This study appears to support the use of chasteberry for luteal phase disorders, but the actual effect on fertility was not mentioned. A recent double-blind placebo-controlled pilot study27 of 30 women showed an increasing trend in midluteal phase progesterone level and an increased number of pregnancies in the 15 women who took a nutritional supplement containing chasteberry for five months” (註 2)

     註:

  1. 研究載於BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Dec 18;14:511. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-511. Author information: National Institute of Complementary Medicine, University of Western, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South, NSW, 2751, Sydney, Australia. s.arentz@uws.edu.au.; School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Sydney, Australia. j.abbott@unsw.edu.au.; National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia. caroline.smith@uws.edu.au.; National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia. a.bensoussan@uws.edu.au.
  2. 研究載於American Family Physician. 2005 Sep 1;72(5):821-824. Author information: BEATRIX ROEMHELD-HAMM, M.D., PH.D., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey
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