Vitex agnus-castus

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chaste tree

Herbal medicine
A tree with berries that contain phytoestrogens, which have been used for menstrual dysfunction, premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, increased libido, acne in adolescence and to promote lactation; it is believed by some to be an aphrodisiac.

Vitex agnus-castus

(vi'teks? ag'nus kast'us) [L., lit. “chaste-lamb chaste tree”] See: chaste tree berry
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Fluoxetine versus Vitex agnus castus extract in the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
Efficacy of Vitex agnus castus L extract Ze 440 in patients with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).
Se investigo el papel de los arbutos autosembrados Vitex agnus castus y Euphorbia characias ssp.
Once again agnus castus should not be used by women on the pill or using a hormone preparation.
With natural ingredients like Black Cohosh, Agnus Castus, Dong Quai, Sage and Red Clover, Women's Toothpaste functions as a natural estrogenic and anti-inflammatory.
Vitex Agnus Castus, more commonly known as Monks' Pepper or The Chaste Tree, is a shrub which has been in cultivation since 1570.
In an impressively large German study, 1,634 women with PMS were given a product derived from the chaste tree, Vitex agnus castus.
Agnus Castus or black cohosh should not be taken with the pill, fertility drugs,HRT or any other hormonal treatment or other medication unless recommended by an experienced practitioner.
Research revealed that the symptoms of PMS, including anxiety, low mood and fatigue, may be significantly reduced when a standardised extract of St John's Wort or Agnus Castus are taken on a regular basis.
Other herbs that may be beneficial include Dong Quai (500 mg to 1000 mg two or three times daily); evening primrose oil (500mg three or four times daily); ginseng (100 mg to 500 mg three times daily); and Vitex agnus castus (175 mg daily).
Vitex agnus castus belonged to the official medicinal plants of antiquity and is mentioned in the works of Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Theophrast.