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CHASTE TREE BERRY
Chinese Vitex, Hemp Tree

(Vitex Agnus Castus)


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  • Chaste Tree Berry Herbal Description
  • Chaste Tree Berry Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Chaste Tree Berry Dosage Information
  • Chaste Tree Berry Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • Chaste Tree Berry Supplements & Products




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    CHASTE TREE BERRY HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex Agnus Castus is also known as Chaste Berry, Chastetree, Chinese Vitex, Hemp Tree, Monk's Pepper, Monk's Berry, Gattilier, Texas Lilac, Vitex Rotundifolia, Vitex Trifolia, Viticis Fructus, Vitex Berry, and Vitex.

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    Chaste Tree is a small to large shrub that can grow up to 22 feet tall. The shrub has lance shaped leaves and purple (blue-violet) flowers that are native to the eastern Mediterranean and southern European areas as far west as Western Asia, but is usually collected in Morocco and Albania. Chaste Tree grows easily in warm climates around the world. This tree flourishes on riverbanks, but is also used as an ornamental plant in American gardens.

    Its peppery fruit has been used for over two thousands years, or at least since the time of the Greek physician Dioscorides who recommended it in beverages intended to help the wives of soldiers remain chaste while their husbands were in battle. The fruit was used by both man and women in ancient Greece and Rome, and by monks during the Middle Ages to suppress sexual desire. Pliny the Elder noted that Athenian maidens would put the leaves under their beds during the festival of Thesmophoria to help preserve their chastity.

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    Ancient Greeks and Romans used this plant to secure chastity; leaves of the plant were strewn on couches during rituals associated with Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. The ancient Greeks also believed it could ward off evil. Medieval monks were said to have eaten the berries to reduce sexual desire, hence the name Chaste Tree or Monks Pepper.

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    Ancient Europeans used the berries to treat hemorrhage following childbirth and menstrual regulation. It was also used for injuries and inflammation and to encourage milk flow after birth.





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    CHASTE TREE USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    The fresh ripe berries, when pounded to a pulp, have been used in the form of a tincture for the relief of paralysis, pains in the limbs, weakness, and breast pain, in addition to the menstrual regulation and treatment of hemorrhage.

    Clinical trials have shown that prolonged use of Chaste Tree Berries significantly reduces a range of PMS symptoms, from irritability and headaches to cramping and breast pain. The herb can lengthen the proliferative (first) phase of the menstrual cycle and also relieve water weight, headache and fatigue.

    Other trials have shown genuine effectiveness for women suffering from infertility and irregular periods. Chaste Tree Berry works well in reducing the symptoms such as hot flashes associated with peri-or post menopause. Current research supports the ancient medicinal uses as the Vitex (Chaste Berry) causes the pituitary gland to produce a luteinizing hormone, which re-establishes the normal balance between estrogen and progesterone, thereby regulating a women‘s cycle.

    Some studies have shown the berries to be antiandrogenic and can therefore be used to help treat acne in men and women and reduce an overactive libido.

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    CHASTE TREE BERRY RESEARCH & STUDIES

    The American Pharmaceutical Association in 2000 found this about Vitex. Human studies have shown that extracts of the Chaste Tree bind to dopamine receptors in the anterior pituitary and decrease both the basal and thyrotropin-releasing hormone stimulated by the secretion of prolactin. PMS sufferers have significantly higher rates of prolactin (stimulates and maintains the breast milk) throughout their cycles, especially in the second and third weeks. Vitex has been established to correct hyperprolactinemia (too much prolactin in the blood), thus allowing normal corpus luteum (having to do with the Woman’s ovulation) development and preventing PMS.

    The Journal of Midwifery Womens Health in 2006 reported this: The German Commission E approved Chaste Berry for the treatment of PMS and Mastalgia. Some women with PMS and breast pain have elevated prolactin levels. Chaste Berry inhibits prolactin release through dopamine (D-2) receptor stimulation. In a placebo trial (some take the real thing others take a fake thing) of 180 women, at three months of using Vitex, all symptoms; irritability, mood alteration, anger, headache and breast fullness were significantly improved compared to the placebo. The only thing that did not help much was the bloating.

    Phytomedicine in May 2003 reported the extracts of the fruits of the Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus castus = AC) are widely used to treat premenstrual symptoms. Double-blind placebo-controlled studies indicate that one of the most common premenstrual symptoms, i.e. premenstrual mastodynia (Mastalgia) is beneficially influenced by an AC extract. In addition, numerous less rigidly controlled studies indicate that AC extracts also have beneficial effects on other psychic and somatic symptoms of the PMS.





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    CHASTE TREE BERRY DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Chaste Tree Berry comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.

    Chaste Tree constituents include acubin, agnuside, casticin, chrysophanol D, alpha- and beta-pinene, isovitexin and vitexin. Parts of the plant used is the dried fruiting berry. Typical preparations usually used as a tincture, however may be cracked and sprinkled on food, producing a slight pepper taste or as a tea infusion.

    Chaste Tree Berry (Agnus castus) is well known for its balancing effects to the female reproductive system. Research indicates its ability to increase production of the leutenizing hormone and prolactin. It is used to stimulate milk flow and to regulate the menstrual cycle when there is excessive bleeding , too frequent, or prolonged menstruation. It is found to benefit both PMS and menopausal symptoms. Other indications include: fibroids, inflammation of the womb lining, low energy, cramping, fibroid cysts, uterine healing after childbirth, and rebalancing after discontinued use of the contraceptive pill. Well known for its balancing effect on female hormones. Helpful for many PMS and menopause symptoms, regulates the menstrual cycle.

    Use 6 to 12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily.

    The recommended dose is 1 capsule per day.
    For using a tincture, take 40 drops of the extract in the morning in a glass of water.

    With Chaste Tree Berry, no matter which formulation you use, it can take a awhile before the effects are noticeable, but usually a change is noticed by the third or fourth menstrual cycle after you begin taking it. For other formulations, read product label directions.





    CHASTE TREE BERRY SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION

    Those on hormone replacement therapy should not take Chaste Tree Berry.

    Not recommended while pregnant. If you are pregnant or nursing do not take this supplement. Safety in young children, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

    Men should not take chaste berry. Testicular atrophy could result after repeated use. Bingeing on sugar, alcohol, or marijuana will block the herb's action on dopamine receptors in the brain and cancel out its effects.





    CHASTE TREE BERRY HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS

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    CHASTE TREE BERRY / VITEX HERBAL PRODUCTS

    The fresh ripe Chaste Tree berries, when pounded to a pulp, have been used in the form of a tincture for the relief of paralysis, pains in the limbs, weakness, and breast pain, in addition to the menstrual regulation and treatment of hemorrhage. Clinical trials have shown that prolonged use of Chaste Tree Berries significantly reduces a range of PMS symptoms, from irritability and headaches to cramping and breast pain. The herb can lengthen the proliferative (first) phase of the menstrual cycle and also relieve water weight, headache and fatigue. Other trials have shown genuine effectiveness for women suffering from infertility and irregular periods. Chaste Tree Berry works well in reducing the symptoms such as hot flashes associated with peri-or post menopause. Some studies have shown the berries to be anti-androgenic and can therefore be used to help treat acne in men and women and reduce an overactive libido. Current research supports the ancient medicinal uses as the Vitex (Chaste Berry) causes the pituitary gland to produce a luteinizing hormone, which re-establishes the normal balance between estrogen and progesterone, thereby regulating a women's cycle. Chaste Tree Berry comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. The recommended dose is 1 capsule per day. For using a tincture, take 40 drops of the extract in the morning in a glass of water. With Chaste Tree Berry, no matter which formulation you use, it can take a awhile before the effects are noticeable, but usually a change is noticed by the third or fourth menstrual cycle after you begin taking it. For other formulations, read product label directions. Those on hormone replacement therapy should not take Chaste Tree Berry. If you are pregnant or nursing do not take this supplement. Safety in young children, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

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    Perennial, deciduous shrub to small tree. Sow in pots for first year and transplant outdoors. Prefers full sun, and dry soil. The leaves and flowers exude exotic aromas. Seeds regulate hormones and support breast health.


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    Starwest Botanicals: Chaste Tree Berries, Whole Organic, 1 lb.
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    Starwest Botanicals: Chaste Tree Berry Herbal Capsules, 400 mg, 100 VCaps
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    HerbsPro: Vitex Berry Extract, Natures Answer, 30 ml, 1 fl. oz. (17122)
    HerbsPro: Chaste Berry (Vitex) Extract, Alcohol Free, Natures Answer, 1 fl. oz. (17121)
    HerbsPro: Vitex (Chaste Berry) Extract, Planetary Herbals, Supports Womens Hormone Regulation, 2 fl. oz. (1995)
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    HerbsPro: Vitex, Natures Way, 400 mg, 100 Caps (18150)
    HerbsPro: Womens Nutritional System With Vitex, Rainbow Light, 180 Tabs (18904)


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    TakeHerb: Chaste Tree Berry Whole, Organic, Vitex Agnum Castus, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
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