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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Activation of the mu-opiate receptor by Vitex agnus-castus methanol extracts: implication for its use in PMS.
Clinical studies on monopreparations of Vitex agnus-castus
Her scientific publications relate to menopausal symptoms, PMS like symptoms, Vitex agnus-castus and issues surrounding the placebo response.
Vitex agnus-castus, essential oil and menopausal balance: a self-care survey.
Isolation and Immunodolatory properties of a flavonoid, casticin from Vitex agnus-castus.
References to the use of Vitex agnus-castus as a sitz bath for 'diseases of the uterus' can be found as far back as Hippocrates in 4th century BC and Dioscorides in AD77 (Hawley 1995).
Effects of a combination of Hypericum perforatum and Vitex agnus-castus on PMS-like symptoms in late-perimenopausal women: findings from a subpopulation analysis.
The fruit of Vitex agnus-castus (chaste-berry) has been traditionally used in Europe for the relief of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopausal symptoms (Hobbs, 1996).
2011 systematic review of Vitex agnus-castus (VAC) evaluated the efficacy of this herb in alleviating symptoms of PMS and highlighted the only (better than placebo) benefits were derived from the use of European dosage forms.
The test materials included samples from three species each of the genera Cimicifuga (Actaea) and Trifolium, as well as samples of Vitex agnus-castus L.
Vitex agnus-castus is beneficial for ovulatory factors associated with PCOS; in particular it has been shown to downregulate the production of excess prolactin, a condition known as hyperprolactinemia.
Vitex agnus-castus L, otherwise known as chaste tree or monk's pepper, has a long history in Western herbal medicine.