vitexagnus castus (Chaste Tree, Chaste Berry, Vitex, Monk's Pepper, Agnus Castus, Gattlier, Indian)

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GENERIC NAME: vitexagnus castus

BRAND NAME: Chaste Tree, Chaste Berry, Vitex, Monk's Pepper

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Chaste tree is shrub. The dried ripe fruit is used as a natural herbal supplement. Although exact mechanism is not known, Chaste tree presumably works by decreasing follicle-stimulating hormone release. Lowering of follicle-stimulating hormones increases progesterone-to-estrogen ratio, giving relief from menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Chaste tree is used for premenstrual and menopausal symptoms, production of breast milk, female infertility, endometriosis, and acne.

SIDE EFFECTS:Common side effects of Chaste tree are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/16/2015

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