Dr Nora has me taking the following herbs post-peak, in a tincture, and I thought I really ought to look up what the heck they are really doing/for! I wouldn't fill a prescription from a doctor without looking it up!
Cha.ste Tree Berry, will potentially help with my 'sore boobs' issues [which is apparently called Mastalgia - I suppose that sounds a wee bit more scientific than 'sore boobs']. It is also supposed to help with luteal phase defect. It is supposed to help balance estrogen/progesterone, in favour of progesterone. Good for peeps with PCOS, so they say. Also, it is good for acne. Have I mentioned my skin has been better lately? I thought it was because I am becoming re-tolerant of some dairy products, but maybe good ol' Chas.te Tree Berry is helping out?! That would be great. I didn't get my 'period pimple' last cycle, but that might be just a one off, we'll see.
The other part of this post peak or luteal phase tincture (it is 50%/50%) is Vervain. It is used to repel vampires - d'oh! And I had planned on seeing B.reaking Dawn this weekend. :( I found on the Internet that it is a " muscle stabilizer and mood relaxant" - well, that doesn't seem worth the money, does it? Hippocrates used it for infertility...hrm, I would prefer to know more than that! It seems it can cause some uterine contrantractions? That is dissapointing. I've had some very minor cramping yesterday and today, and I was enjoying that - they say minor cramping is a good sign. (I read it in a blog somewhere, so maybe not super scientific). Yeah... I'm not sold on Vervain, but I'm down with the Chast.e Tree Berry! I will have to talk to Dr Nora about this.
It is CD20 today - about a week left until we know how this natural cycle went! Now that my slight cramps are maybe caused by Vervain, I have nothing to report in the way or symptoms.