We are still unable to get the vegi-caps that we've always used for our encapsulated products (out of stock for a year), and the alternative vegi-caps that we have tried are all so tightly put together that they implode the vacuum mechanism on our capsule-making machine causing damage. We will continue to try to find alternative vegi-caps but in the meantime, we do have Vitex in liquid-extract tincture form available for you now. It works just as well - perhaps better as tinctures go directly into the bloodstream helping it to work more quickly and directly. Our apologies - and thank you for your patience!
Vitex is one of the best herbs for balancing hormones and easing symptoms of PMS, infertility, and pre- or peri-menopause. Vitex is also helpful to menopausal women who are still cycling. Although studies point to this (the fact that it's most helpful to those who still have their cycle), our herbalist Pam (as well as other clients) have reported that Vitex has worked better for them than other herbs for menopause in relieving hot flashes and other menopausal complaints - even after the cycle has stopped.
Vitex works on the pituitary gland, which is responsible for signaling the body to make certain amounts of each hormone, therefore, it helps to bring balance at the root of the issue. This is why this herb is so successful at balancing female hormones regardless of which way a woman is out of balance.
Vitex is helpful to women who are trying to conceive, as conception is much easier to achieve when the hormones are balanced.
It is also helpful to women who do NOT want to conceive, as with balanced hormones, they have a better sense of when they're fertile and to avoid sex (or use contraception) during that time.
Pregnancy and miscarriage: Vitex is not recommended for use during pregnancy, simply so that the pregnancy hormones can do what they need to do naturally. However, for women who tend to chronically miscarry or who have had a history of miscarriage, Vitex is safe and is recommended for use through the first trimester to help support hormonal balance, thus possibly helping to prevent further miscarriages (if due to hormonal imbalance). Once the first trimester is over, the placenta is well-formed and has taken over the job of hormone production and management. Vitex can now be discontinued. There is no need to wean down because Vitex is simply a nutritive and is NOT a hormone.
Vitex while nursing: Although Vitex is considered a prolactin-inhibitor, studies have shown that it actually can help support and even increase milk production in some breastfeeding mothers. This makes it the perfect herb for breastfeeding women who are experiencing PMS symptoms or hormone imbalance. Keep in mind that if the menses has not returned after birth, Vitex may cause it to start. We do not recommend using Vitex until the baby is a little older so that it doesn't cause your period to come back too soon. If you are a nursing mother who would like to conceive again, using Vitex in conjunction with Shatavari can be extremely beneficial.
Note: Vitex works extremely well, but it can be a little slow-acting. It may take several weeks of use (4-12) before the best results are achieved. The longer a woman has had hormone imbalance, the longer she may need to use Vitex. For those trying to conceive, it is recommended to use the herb until pregnancy is achieved. (Please see Pam's blog post about Fertility & Hormones for more on how hormonal imbalance can affect and even cause fertility issues.)
Drug contraindications: Do not use Vitex in conjunction with the birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or if you're taking medications for IVF treatment. Using Vitex may render the medications less effective as they may work against each other.
The 200ct bottle of capsules will last for 7 weeks, and the 400ct bottle will last 3 months. Vitex is also available in a liquid extract (tincture) form.
Organic Vitex Berry powder in vegetarian capsules. No other additive or fillers used. Our vegi-caps are certified non-GMO, vegan, and are Kosher and Halal certified. They are gluten-free and preservative-free.
Use 2 caps twice a day, each and every day of the month. Consistency is important. Best results are seen with long-term use.
Helpful Hint: A 200 count bottle of capsules will last 7 weeks, and the large 400ct. will last about 3 months. This herb typically takes at least six (6) weeks of use to see results. Vegi-caps (or any capsules or tablets) are not recommended for people under the age of 12, as they may pose a choking hazard.
I purchased your Vitex and within 6 weeks finally conceived and held the pregnancy! I am now 39 weeks pregnant, due to deliver our baby girl in one week!! This is after three years of trying to conceive and having 10 miscarriages. Then I used your Vitex herb and no problems or side effects. We got pregnant spontaneously and have had a perfectly healthy pregnancy! All of the many doctors and specialists I had seen over the course of the three years of miscarrying and infertility told me that my husband and I would never be able to have our own biological baby, and in fact, the only way we could is to use an egg donor and Invitro Fertilization! So we researched the use of natural herbs and then we were fortunate to be referred to Pam Caldwell at Herb Lore for her expert advice and guidance and to purchase their wonderful organic herbal products. Another thing I would like to share is the fact that I am 41 years old. So I highly encourage and hope that all women who are having difficulty with fertility or having miscarriages to try the simple, safe and far less expensive method that I did to reach their goal of starting their precious families as we have done. J.S.
I just had to email and let you know I've been using your Vitex for the last 7 weeks and the length of my cycles have gone from 33 days to 27 days! I am amazed and excited! I use a fertility monitor which tracks the electrolytes in saliva and then with the help of a vaginal monitor calculates maximum fertility days. Before your Vitex, I was getting a reading for 2 maximum fertile days, 6 - 7 days apart, which doesn't sound quite normal. This last cycle, I had 2 maximum fertile days but they were on days 14 and 16 which is much closer than 7 days apart. I started taking the Pre-Conception Tea, so I bet by this next cycle it will be even better! I can't thank you enough for helping me with this! I feel I know my body better and am in more control of my fertility! In the next month or so, we plan to try to conceive! A.G. (Note: This client now has a brand new baby!)
I have good news! As you may remember, my very dear friend contacted you regarding my situation with TTC (trying to conceive) for one year without luck. I had gone to my doctor just before the one year mark and they recommended that I consider fertility treatments. I was very upset and my friend was there for me to listen and she suggested that we contact you. I had another disappointing month of not conceiving and that is when my Vitex arrived and helped change everything. I started taking 2 Vitex caps twice daily and the very next month I got a positive pregnancy test and missed period! Thank you so much for working with me and my friend! Her thoughtfulness and your expertise and product have really changed my life! Forever appreciative, S.S.O.
Dear, Ms. Pam Caldwell, I hope you remember me...this is Mr. M from Japan. I'm so happy to tell you that my wife got pregnant! The baby's been growing up very well. (please look at photos, I think you can see hands and legs?) Since my wife began to take the Pre-Conception Tincture and Vitex pills, she looks more bright and healthy. At the end of last month, we noticed we've got a baby! I don't know how to tell how much we appreciate! She wrote about your product on her blog. Thank you very much again!
Pam, thank you so much! About a year ago, you counseled me about the wisdom of letting my body right itself after an IUD removal and not to worry, that our baby would come. Everything is playing out just like you said, all without medical intervention. Within 6 months of using your Vitex, Pregnant Mother's Liver Tonic, and Preconception Tincture—the Hashimoto’s reversed and my thyroid numbers balanced themselves without any allopathic intervention! In 6 more months, I now have my thick beautiful hair back and am newly pregnant with our first baby! He or she is due in early December, so it will be the best Christmas ever for us! L.C.
I should first say, I would have never believed this if it didn't happen to me. I'd never tried herbs before and although I wanted a second child desperately, I wasn't convinced it would work. I called Herb Lore and got a lot of really helpful information. Pam was so reassuring and confident when we had our consultation. I hung up really feeling like everything she said (including the timing of my pregnancy) would really happen....and it did!!
It was so easy for me to get pregnant the first time, even at age 40! And even the second time, which ended in a miscarriage. But after that, it wasn't easy. My husband and I consulted a fertility specialist who insisted on highly expensive and invasive procedures after all "time was of the essence" at age 42. But I didn't want to do that, and so I was thrilled to have another option. Herb Lore's Pre-Conception Tea and Vitex Tincture worked exactly as Pam said it would. I gave it the required time to get into my system and just as she said, I was pregnant in the summer.
Pam was such a big help when I needed advice throughout the pregnancy. I had fears that this one wouldn't "stick", but it did, and we now have our healthy baby boy and I'm now 44! We cannot thank Pam and Herb Lore enough for helping us to complete our family. We wanted our daughter to have a brother or sister and with your help, that dream has become a reality! We feel very fortunate and blessed!
I could go on and on about Herb Lore's great products and Pam's support. She always sounds so cheerful, relaxed, calm and reassuring. Words almost don't even describe how thankful we are! We have two beautiful, healthy children! What a gift from God...we feel so blessed! Pam and Herb Lore's products do amazing work, and I'm so glad we found you!
With our most sincere gratitude, L.& M.M.
Pam, I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for you and all you do. My little girl has lots of trouble sleeping and the non-alcohol Goodnight Tincture and Teething Tincture are our saviors! After she was born, I was doing really well emotionally but the last couple of months felt myself falling into depression and heightened anxiety. I do all the usual vitamins and supplements for it, and started taking my placenta (which I’d saved just in case!), but it wasn’t enough and I’ve been struggling so much. I decided to add Happy Day Tincture and Vitex and within a week started feeling a significant shift. It’s not perfect yet but I feel some hope and like there’s definitely been a turn around. Thank you for all you do and the products you create with such care! N.R.