Vitex or Chaste tree berries works well to treat constipation, flatulence, and hangovers. It can also be used to bring on menstruation and lactation in nursing mothers. Today it is used mostly for breast swelling and pain. It can relieve water weight, headache, and fatigue.
Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus
Common Names: Chaste berries, Chaste tree berries, Monk’s berries, Monk’s pepper
Dried fruiting berry
Topical Uses / Applications:
Can be added to smoothies and fruit juices or sprinkle over meals.
Acubin, agnuside, casticin, chrysophanol D, alpha- and beta-pinene, isovitexin and vitexin.
Should not be used by pregnant or nursing mothers, unless under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. Not to be used if there is spasmodic dysmenorrhea. Vitex may interfere with the efficacy of birth control pills, progesterone drugs, or hormone replacement therapy. Avoid using in conjunction with dopamine antagonists. Men should not take Chaste berry. Testicular atrophy could result after repeated use.
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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