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Vitex Berry

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FAMILIAR NAME:

 Chaste Tree, Chastberry, Lilac Chastetree, Monk's Pepper

SCIENTIFIC :

 Vitex Agnus-Castus

ORDER:

 Verbenaceae

PART USED:

 Berries

GROWN IN:

 Mediterranean

Common Names: chasteberry, chaste-tree berry, vitex, monk’s pepper
Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste-Tree/Berry) in the treatment of menopause-related complaints.

BACKGROUND:

The origin of the current practice of administering Vitex agnus-castus in menopause-related complaints is uncertain, but appears to be relatively recent. Here we review the evidence for this application of Vitex based on evidence from pharmacological studies and clinical research.

METHODS:

The mechanisms of potential relevance in the context of menopause are explored with reference to the current understanding of the endocrinology and neuroendocrinology of menopause and associated symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:

We conclude that, while evidence from rigorous randomized controlled trials is lacking for the individual herb in this context, emerging pharmacological evidence supports a role for V. agnus-castus in the alleviation of menopausal symptoms and suggests that further investigation may be appropriate.

PMID: 19678775  [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

According to t eh NIH Side Effects and Cautions are:

  • Chasteberry has not been associated with serious side effects. However, it can cause gastrointestinal problems, acne-like rashes, and dizziness.
  • Chasteberry may affect certain hormone levels. Women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills or who have a hormone-sensitive condition (such as breast cancer) should not use chasteberry.
  • Because chasteberry may affect the dopamine system in the brain, people taking dopamine-related medications, such as certain antipsychotic drugs and Parkinson's disease medications, should avoid using chasteberry.

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