Chastetree | Chaste berries | Vitex agnus castus

Chastetree | Chaste berries | Vitex agnus castus

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Agnus Castus Berries Hormone balancing

The herb is mainly known as a remedy used by women. I will concentrate on its effects for PMS and menopause - its main uses today.

The effect it has on female hormones is largely a balancing effect. This 'normalising' influence makes it useful in a wide range of situations. And it can be helpful for a large proportion of the time - some studies indicate improvements in symptoms for 90% of sufferers from PMS.


Also known as “Chaste Tree”, “Chasteberry”, “Abraham’s balm” and “Monk’s Pepper” the Vitex agnus-castus is a naturally found in the Mediterranean and African regions. It is well known since ancient times when it was used for its anaphrodisiac properties – from where it derives its “chaste” name. Its medicinal uses found mention in treatments used by Hippocrates and Dioscorides.