Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a Medicinal Herb used in Wildcrafted Herbal Products' Therapeutic Creams and Compounds.

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Botanicals: Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus)

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Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is also known as Monk's Pepper, Indian Spice, Sage Tree, Hemp Tree and Wild Pepper. Chaste tree was also called viticis and agnus-castus from which the botanical name is derived.

Chaste tree is native to Southern Europe and thrives in sandy or loamy, well-drained soils in full sun. It is propagated from seed sown in spring, by layering in spring to summer, or from young woody cuttings under glass. Several cultivars are grown for decorative purposes, including the white variety Alba Westn (Stuart, 1979).

Botanicals: Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus)


Chaste Tree / Vitex agnus castus


Plant picBotanical Name: Vitex agnus castus

Familie: Verbenaceae

Parts Used: The dried fruit

Main constituents: 0.5% of essential oil, which is dominated by the monoterpene derivatives limonene, 1,8-cineol, bornyl acetate, α- and β-pinene and sabinene. Flavonoids (castican, orientin and isovitexin) and iridoid glycosides (agnuside, aucubin).


Traditional Uses of Chaste Tree in Herbal Medicine

Since the days of Hippocrates, Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) has been used for gynecological problems such as menstrual disorders, PMS, and other conditions.

Properties of Chaste tree include:

  • Diaphoretic
  • Antipyretic
  • Regulatory
  • Uterine Tonic

Indications for Chaste Tree:

  • Dysmenorrhoea,
  • Hormonal disfunctions
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Infertility (Female)
  • Menopause
    Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstruation)
  • Menstrual Difficulties (Secondary Amenorrhea)
  • Premenstrual Syndrome

Supporting Research

The majority of women (85–97%) in reproductive age report somatic and mental disorders experienced prior to menstruation (Milewicz and Jedrzejuka, 2006). A study conducted by Prilepskaya, et al., (2006) showed that from over 100 patients suffering from PMS, 68% reported significant improvement of symptoms after taking Vitex agnus-castus for 3 months (3 cycles).


Milewicz, A. and Jedrzejuk, D. (2006) Premenstrual syndrome: From etiology to treatment. Maturitas, Volume 55, Supplement 1,S47-S54. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PHYTOMEDICINES IN GYNECOLOGY

Prilepskaya, V.N. Ledinaa, A.V. Tagiyeva, A.V. and Revazova, F.S. (2006) Vitex agnus castus: Successful treatment of moderate to severe premenstrual syndrome. Maturitas, Volume 55, Supplement 1, S55-S63. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PHYTOMEDICINES IN GYNECOLOGY


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