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

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

What is chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

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.

What brand names are available for chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)-oral?

Chaste Tree, Chaste Berry, Vitex, Monk's Pepper

Is chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)-oral?

No

What are the side effects of chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)-oral?

Common side effects of Chaste tree are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/16/2015
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