EN on Herbs

November 1999 Issue

Vitex or Chaste Tree, It Helps Balance Women's Cycles

The dried berry from the chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus L.), a shrub native to the Mediterranean region, has been used medicinally since the time of Hippocrates. Monks are said to have chewed the plant to inspire chastity, hence the name, chaste-tree. It's also called monk's pepper or simply vitex. What It Might Do: Vitex is used mostly to balance female hormone cycles and problems linked to the monthly cycle, such as premenstrual syndrome

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