vitexagnus castus (Chaste Tree, Chaste Berry, Vitex, Monk's Pepper)

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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.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Chaste tree is available in crude herb extract capsules, fluid extract, dried fruit extract, and tincture forms.

STORAGE: Due to many manufacturers producing each formulation, storage requirements may vary based individual product.

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

DOSING:

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS): Take 4-20mg by mouth per day.
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD): Take 20-40mg by mouth per day.
  • Crude herb extract: Take 20-240mg by mouth per day, divided in 2 to 3 doses.
  • Fluid extract: Take up to 40 drops by mouth per day.
  • Dried fruit extract: Take 1.6-3ml by mouth up to two times a day.
  • Tincture: Take 35-45 drops by mouth up to three times a day.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2014



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