Agnus Castus, a ‘gentle’ herb,has long been effectively used as a hormonal regulator, against acne, for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), hormone-based infertility, menstrual disorders and even menopausal and pre-menopausal problems. In brief, Vitex has been known to effectively work against a large number of hormone-based imbalances and health problems.
Although I could write about how Agnus Castus Vitex can work really well against acne, since it’s often a hormone-based skin problem, in this article I am concentrating on how this natural supplement can help against hair loss. The type of hair loss I am referring to here, the type Agnus Castus can treat, is the hormone-based hair loss commonly known as androgenic alopecia: this is where the hormone testosterone is converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) on the scalp and skin; DHT then binds to hair follicles receptors, weakening them until the hair falls out. It is the most common form of hair loss and it affects men and women. Agnus Castus affects the pituitary gland (the ‘master’ gland of the endocrine system) and helps it regulate the productions of certain hormones, resulting in a shift in the oestrogen-progesterone ratio, increasing progesterone, a very important hormone (and factor) in the most common form of hair thinning. Why is progesterone important against the falling out of scalp hair? Because, simply put, progesterone on the scalp binds to hair follicles and, this way, it prevents DHT from binding to them.
The ability of Vitex to lower prolactin levels (or rather, to decrease the pituitary gland’s secretion of prolactin) also affects hair loss. Excess prolactin levels in your body (which can be due to stress, for example) causes a number of health issues such as loss of libido, hirsutism, weight gain and hair thinning. If you are a woman and you think that your (scalp) hair loss is connected to a number of hormonal problems, such as acne, irregular periods or ovarian cysts, pre-menstrual syndrome, excessive body hair (hirsutism), early menopause (and so on), taking adequate amounts of Agnus Castus may help greatly against (scalp) hair thinning. If you suspect your prolactin levels are high, even if only slightly, it may be wise to have a blood test. My levels were almost normal, almost marginally higher than normal: yet, by taking Vitex, I resolved my hair problem and, significantly, I no longer have the great difficulty I used to have in losing weight! This to me was a ‘bonus’ result.
Make sure the doses are adequate and not too low, otherwise it won’t affect prolactin levels enough to make a change. I took 4 pills a day of 80g each until I began to notice significant results, and continued to take a similar amount later on; that was my choice after a long research. However, I recommend you do your own research and consult your doctor before taking Vitex, especially because it can interact with certain drugs; also because, as a rule of thumb, before starting any supplement (no matter how safe), it is always best to talk it with your doctor. The more you know about Vitex Agnus Castus, the better you can utilize it to stop your scalp hair from falling out.