For a week now, I went back on vitex (agnus castus) per the suggestion of an herbalist in my country. I was frustrated after breaking out from indulging a bit in holiday treats, and I have been reading some things about estrogen dominance possibly exacerbating histamine reactions (the type of intolerance I have to certain foods and other products). Vitex is supposed to help balance excess estrogen by boosting progesterone and also affects prolactin levels. The herbalist told me that this might be a roundabout way of addressing my histamine problems, which started when I got off vitex the 2nd time.
Since September, I have been relatively clear by following a low histamine diet, taking inositol for hormonal balance, and a multivitamin. However, every time I tried to expand my diet, I would break out, especially from things like bread (yeast), cocoa/ chocolate, and dairy.
Since starting vitex, I discovered I am now able to eat regular bread, dairy, and more fruit. Could this be a coincidence? I noticed that my food intolerances increased when I came off vitex last time.... can anyone guess if there is a connection between the 2, or between elevated estrogen and high histamines/ IgG? I'm hoping that by addressing my hormonal issues I might be able to also fix some of my digestive issues as well.
Edited by WishClean, 04 January 2014 - 05:47 PM.