Agnus Castus- A Female Friendly Herb

Agnus Castus

Other Names:

Vitex, Monk’s pepper, Wild pepper, Chaste Tree


Native Mediterranean plant

Health Benefits:

Agnus Castus mainly belongs to the Verbenaceae family of plants. One of the most well-known effects of this herb is its usage for treatment of various gynecological and obstetric disorders. There appears to be a history of usage in Greece for menstrual problems, inflammation, pain, swelling, headaches, rheumatism, and sexual dysfunction.
Mainly it is a female friendly herb. And is highly beneficial for the treatment of  irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility and menopause. Furthermore, it appears useful for treating female infertility, “lumpy” (fibrocystic) breasts. As well as, it can be helpful in miscarriage prevention in women with low levels of a hormone called progesterone. It is helpful for controlling bleeding, increasing breast milk, and after childbirth helping the body force out the placenta. Moreover, it increases the flow of urine in men. It also has its application for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In addition, it also reduces the sexual desires.


This adaptogenic herb has the capability to aid various maladies, which can befall females as part of their monthly cycles. Herbalists believe that this herb is an organic source of progesterone, which is useful for balancing the ratio of estrogen to progesterone. It can successfully jump-start the regular menstrual cycle as well as can be especially useful when coming off the birth control pill.

Miscarriage and Infertility:

As progesterone plays a vital role in conception as well as sustaining the pregnancy, so this herb may also be the first step before trying any infertility treatments. Progesterone is necessary to thicken the uterine lining, along with that it helps with luteal phase defects. It is the period between menstruation and ovulation during woman’s menstrual cycle that is typically 10-17 days long. Here it is important to mention that insufficient luteal phase can lead to problems with conception and miscarriage.

Side Effects:

Agnus-castus fruit extract is almost safe when taken by mouth appropriately. While, some uncommon side effects include nausea, upset stomach, itching, rash,  trouble sleeping, headaches, acne, as well as weight gain. Some females notice a slight change in menstrual flow when they start taking it.

Warnings and Special Precautions:

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

The use of this herb during pregnancy or breastfeeding can possibly be unsafe. The reason is that vitex agnus-castus can interfere with hormones. So, it is recommended that don’t use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Hormone-sensitive conditions like uterine fibroids; endometriosis;  or cancer of the uterus, breast, or ovaries:
As mentioned above, agnus-castus can affect hormones.  Ans in addition, it might affect estrogen levels. So, don’t use agnus-castus if you are suffering from any of the hormone-sensitive conditions.

Parkinson’s disease:

Agnus-castus comprises some chemicals that can affect the brain. Therefore, it is not is not good for you especially if you are getting the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Because agnus-castus might affect therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

In vitro fertilization:

Agnus-castus can affect the effectiveness of vitro fertilization. So, don’t use vitex agnus-castus if you are undergoing this procedure

Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders:

Agnus-castus can affect a chemical present in the brain called dopamine. If you are taking any medications for mental disorders to help decrease dopamine. Don’t use agnus-castus because it might affect the therapy for such mental disorders.


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