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Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex Agnus-Castus)

Medical Uses Chaste tree berries are used for premenstrual syndrome and for menopausal and menstrual symptoms. Historical Uses Long associated with chastity and virtue, this herb is also known as “monk’s pepper” and chasteberry In folklore, chaste tree berry was used for menstrual problems and to increase milk flow Growth Chaste trees grow in the southern United States. The berries look and smell like peppercorns. Chaste Tree Berry: Part Used • Fruit Major Active Compounds • Flavonoids • Agnuside Chaste Tree Berry: Clinical Uses Chaste tree berry is used for premenstrual syndrome and for menopausal and menstrual symptoms. It is approved by the German Commission E for “menstrual irregularities, PMS, and mastodynia” (breast tenderness). Mechanism of Action Chaste tree berries work to balance progesterone and estrogen and decrease prolactin levels. They have shown significant competitive binding to estrogen receptors alpha and beta and have stimulated a progesterone receptor. Chaste Tree Berry: Dosage Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoon (0.5 to 1 g) of ripe berries and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. The tea may be taken up to three times a day. Standardized vitex extract: 40 drops Read more […]