A herbal remedy made from the dried extract of an exotic fruit can ease premenstrual tension in women, a new study suggests. German researchers tested tablets of dried agnus castus extract on 86 women diagnosed with premenstrual syndrome (the clinical term for PMT), while 84 received placebo tablets. The women took a daily tablet for three months and assessed the impact on six symptoms associated with PMT - irritability, mood alteration, anger, headache, breast fullness and bloating. More than half the women taking the agnus castus tablets said their symptoms had eased, compared with one in four of the women taking the placebo tablets. The fruit comes from the Vitex agnus castus - also known as the Chaste Tree - and grows in the Mediterranean and Central Asia. Full findings are published in this weeks issue of the British Medical Journal.