“I am not impressed by this”

I received this email a little while ago. Although I don’t agree I have intentionally misled anyone as I based my advice on research evidence, I accept there are other valid points of view that are different to mine.

Thanks to the author for giving me permission to post in full.

Dear Juliet,

I read your blog today, specifically about Agnus Castus.

I take your point about the dosages being screwed up by legislation. It will take a long time before any of this changes. I am a relatively highly qualified healer using East Asian disciplines. I had 8 years of training with an international healer – and most of my contacts agree that there is some kind of backlash going on against the alternative health care industries. I too am frustrated by it.

But you claim that the dosages make the drug ineffective. This is not true. Yes, the dosages may be weaker, but this does not make the drug in and of itself any less effective. The drug itself still has the same qualities. In this respect you are misleading people. As someone who worked in journalism for 14 years, I am not impressed by this.

There is nothing fundamentally stopping anyone from taking the full dose you talk about, other than cost, and even here there are ways out of an inordinate expense (see below), but this in fact may not be necessary.

It is always suggested you start taking the minimum amount of a herb to start with, and not the maximum. There are reviews of women taking one tenth of the dose you say is effective and they are experiencing great results. It is a well known fact that a minor dose of a remedy can be enough to cause the body to kick in its own functions and to start regulating its processes. I am all for exposing hypochrisies and stupidities, but I find your writing on this misleading and insensible, although you may not have intended to create that impression.

As a creative person I never take no for an answer. Blocks only cause me to look more intensively at what is out there. I find other ways. It is not hard, actually….  Here are some:

1-Bristol Botanicals will sell you 500ml of Agnus Castus seed tincture for £22. In general a tincture will be better than tablets because it will be more bioavailable – it will pass straight through the mucus membranes in your body as it goes down into your stomach. Not having to break down a tablet will also be beneficial. Endocrinal organs are linked to the liver and kidneys, which are the digestive and energetic engines of the body, and if there is any possibility that endocrinal impairment may also be impacting digestion, then this would be a better way of taking a remedy than a tablet.

2-Another option is to contact Ainsworth’s Homeopathic Pharmacy, who will be able to supply Agnus Castus in 30C or stronger – they will diagnose and treat over the phone. www.rxhomeo.com also sell it.

3- Here is a wildcraft distiller of tinctures and oils in Crete: http://quickbooker.org/kunden/wildherbsofcrete_com/pages/bakery/essential-oil-of-chastetree-fruits-10.php – this is the one I would contact. Their products look highly concentrated. They are made by a couple. He is a Master Distiller. She is a plant specialist (MSc) and a qualified nurse.

Best wishes

11 thoughts on ““I am not impressed by this””

  1. Hi Juliet,

    I can’t speak for everyone (although I’m sure lots of ladies would agree!), but I can honestly say you haven’t misled me in the slightest. Your blog and advice has helped me enormously in SO many different ways, and I can’t thank you enough for this, and also for your time and effort that you’ve spent researching everything about Agnus Castus.

    I have been taking agnus castus for around 10 years, and it was only when the Holland and Barrett tablets stopped working for me I came to you. Without you and your blog I would never have been aware of the lower dosages being sold due to EU regulations, nor would I have known where I could buy the correct dose – at the time i felt like i was going crazy but these tiny tablets are little miracles to me, and personally I find the dosage does matter. I shall continue taking my AC every morning as you directed me (because it works!), and will continue to purchase it from Prime Health Direct.

    I honestly can’t thank you enough.

  2. You’ve been jolly helpful to me too, and I honestly don’t feel mislead by what you’ve written here – places like H&B, yes indeedy I do. But you? No. I should have thought that most people start low and work up to what helps. (I personally need much more than 1 Prime Health agnus castus tablet but then I’m deep in the middle of the menopause.) My impression from reading your AC posts is that folks come here because the dose they used to buy no longer works and they don’t understand why. You explain why that could be.
    Worth pointing out to anyone who ponders the tincture version: I tried it, for the reasons listed above but…ugh, my bowels etc did NOT approve. I currently buy Periagna from here:
    I take one of them midday and 2 Prime Health going to bed.
    …along with evening primrose oil. I take a 1000mg tab at midday and 1 at bedtime as prescribed by the breast clinic many many years ago.
    Thanks for the info you provide, it’s appreciated.

  3. Hi Juliet. After reading your info about Agnus Castus which I have been taking for over a year (i buy the one a day tablet form Holland and Barrett) I have found a slight improvement but feel that the seed Tincture would be better for me so I have bought a bottle from Bristol Botanicals but no dosage information came with it, can you help please, I want to dilute it with water

    1. Does the bottle have any dosage information on it? I suggest you contact the company and ask how the dosage compares to the 120-240mg whole herb or 20mg standardised extract used in trials. Do come back and let us know if you find out anything. It could be another potential supplier. Thanks.

  4. Hi Juliet

    I am 44 and have just been started on prostap injections (to block all hormone production) and tiblone tablets (to add back a certain level of various hormones inc testosterone) I apparently can’t take prostap alone even though I felt great stopping everything because it can cause the womb to create cancer sites (the womb needs hormones for protection) but as soon as I started taking the tiblone I felt suicidal I didn’t function for 8 days and cried solidly (worst I have ever felt)
    So, clearly I have stopped taking this and am wondering about agnus castus . I have read reports to say take it daily non stop and some say take it only up to your period then stop ??? What would you recommend ? Thank you elaine

    1. Hi Elaine, I am unable to give medical advice, so I suggest you discuss taking AC with your doctor or consultant. I am not sure if AC would be effective with prostap as I think it balances out levels of hormones rather than replacing them as in artificial hormones.

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