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Do chaste tree berries help to treat cushings symptoms and

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Do chaste tree berries help to treat cushings symptoms and if so is it best used alone or together with prescribed medicine to get best effect?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 5 years ago.
Hello there,

The extract has been used in Cushing's cases but most of the research has been done on women with menstrual issues. It may or may not help and is a trial and error product. If it does work it should reduce the clinical signs of the disease. Some people swear by it. It does not cure the disease by may help manage the symptoms. If you can't get the medication and the horse is going downhill it won't hurt to try it.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Does it still help to manage the cause as well as symptoms, i know there is no cure but i dont want to make things worse
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 5 years ago.
That information is not fully known. The plant is known to have affects on the pituitary gland, which is usually the source for Cushing's disease. It also affects the sex hormones as well. The exact affects have not been fully researched although the plant is listed in veterinary holistic books for use with Cushing's.
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