Updated: Oct 3, 2019
Also called chasteberry, vitex, and hemp tree.
Applicable parts used
Fruit and seeds
Organs & systems affected
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Mechanism of action
Analgesic, antihistamine, hormonal, neurotransmitters, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, antifungal and sedative.
Sweet/peppery and warming
Essential oils, iridoid glycosides, flavonoids, diterpenes, and fatty acids
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
Precaution & adverse reactions
Generally well tolerated if used in appropriate amounts.
Chasteberry may interact with anti psychotics, contraceptives, dopamine, estrogen, and reglan
Pregnancy and lactation
Unsafe in woman who are pregnant due to hormonal effects.
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
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Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.