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Posted 04 January 2014 - 05:45 PM

Hi everyone, 

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.

Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 07:25 PM

There is a correlation between androgen& histamine levels

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 09:31 PM

There is a correlation between androgen& histamine levels

What about estrogen and histamine levels? the last 2 times I was on vitex, I had signs of high androgens (increased excess body/facial hair in particular) yet it helped clear my skin and also regulate my metabolism (no mid-section weight gain anymore). I still can't understand why some women's hirsutism decreases on vitex, while for others it has the opposite effect along with hair loss on the head. 

Ironically, I read that some herbs can actually raise histamines, that's why I was reluctant to take it this time but it seems to be helping. It seems that I may need to stay on it long term though because my hormones just can't stay balanced once I get off it. I wasn't able to find information about long term safety, just mostly anecdotal reviews. 


Edited by WishClean, 04 January 2014 - 09:32 PM.

Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

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