The Common Chaste Tree is a medicinal plant that is useful in treating some gynecological disorders. This tree is indigenous to the Mediterranean and has traditionally been used to help with infertility in women who are suffering from hyperprolactinaemia.
Hyperprolactinaemic infertility is sometimes caused by medication which interfere with the processes involved in ovulation. Women may also have conditions that slow down the production of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone by the pituitary gland.
The Common Chaste Tree or Kerwa is a small tree. Its leaves carry a strong, pleasing scent. Women have used it as a traditional treatment for hyperprolactinaemia for many years because it helps to regulate hormone levels.
It is also used for the following:
1. Treating fibroid cysts
2. Helping to expel the placenta after a baby is born
The Kerwa fruit contains linoleic acid, a component which acts in a similar way to the female hormone estrogen. Research has shown that extracts from the fruit of the Common Chaste Tree inhibit the release of prolactin from pituitary cells in rats. This means that Kerwa can be used to help control hyperprolactinaemia.