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Chaste Tree Berry

Scientific name

Vitex agnus-castus


Family

Verbenaceae

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Background

Also called chasteberry, vitex, and hemp tree.


Applicable parts used

Fruit and seeds


Effects

Organs & systems affected

Endocrine

Immune system

Reproductive

Gastrointestinal


Flower essence

Assists in finding a unique path to health, guided by wisdom


Mechanism of action

Analgesic, antihistamine, hormonal, neurotransmitters, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, antifungal and sedative.


Nature

Sweet/peppery and warming


Plant constituents

Essential oils, iridoid glycosides, flavonoids, diterpenes, and fatty acids


Traditional uses

Chasteberry has been used for menstrual disorders including dysmenorrhea, secondary amenorrhea, metrorrhagia, oligomenorrhea, polymenorrhea, symptoms of menopause, premenstrual syndrome (pms) and fibrocystic breasts. It is also used for acne, anxiety, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, viral infections including the common cold, dyspepsia, spleen disorders, headaches, migraine, eye pain, insomnia, inflammation, fractures, and edema


Safety

Precaution & adverse reactions

Generally well tolerated if used in appropriate amounts.


Interactions

Chasteberry may interact with anti psychotics, contraceptives, dopamine, estrogen, and reglan


Pregnancy and lactation

Unsafe in woman who are pregnant due to hormonal effects.


Dosing

Herbal infusion: 1-2 tsp of berry in boiling water up to 2 times per day


Our favorite pairings

Dandelion, wild yam, yellow dock, oregon grape root,raspberry, burdock, ginger, licorice




Disclaimer: the information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded throughout history. With the information provided on this website, we wish to begin the journey to educate the community based on research, african holistic health, and herbal science. This information, in no shape or form, is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent disease, or make claims against products or companies. This information provided on this site is to make public information and information acquired from research studies easily available to you. Rooted vigor, llc is giving you the opportunity to draw your own conclusions and make your own decisions from the information provided. The information on this website may or may not have been evaluated by the fda. Seek advice from a medical practitioner as necessary.


References

Https://floraofasia.com/shop/flower-essence/five-leaved-chaste-tree/

Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.

Https://naturalmedicines-therapeuticresearch-com.ezproxy.fau.edu/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=968#dosing

Https://herbpathy.com/uses-and-benefits-of-chaste-berry-cid166

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