For most women, Vitex with Dong Quai is considered safe to take long term. We always recommend speaking with your care provider to make sure any supplement is a good fit for your specific health situation. Not sure how to address the concern of vitex not being appropriate for long-term supplementation as we are only familiar with the information regarding it's generally recognized safety for that purpose.
At this time we don't have any plans to offer the Dong Quai separate from the Vitex as they work very well and synergistically together. At some point in the future we do hope to offer Vitex by itself though so that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding have an option that would be appropriate for them.
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We are not aware of any specific reasons these two herbs cannot be used at the same time but it is possible there could be contraindications based upon individual health history which is why working with a care provider familiar with health history is ideal.
Is there anything else you can recommend I take instead of this while I nurse him? My symptoms include severe headaches, heavy flow, brain fog, cramps, fatigue, trouble sleeping.
Best wishes to you as you research and hope you are able to find answers that get you relief soon!
Also, we are seeing that restoring good gut health is having an impact on hormonal health as well, so a good probiotic and Cod Liver Oil have been highly beneficial to some of our customers!
Since each person's hormonal imbalances are so different and unique, there is no guaranteed timeframe for how long it takes for it to relieve depression related to hormonal imbalances. Typically you can see results within the first 1-2 weeks, but may take a month or longer depending on how you react to supplements and how much you need to restore balance.
We also highly suggest that anyone working to achieve hormonal balance read Dr. Lee's books: either "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause" and "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause".