Information on Vitex

Latin NameVitex agnus-castusphoto
Other NamesChaste Tree
Part UsedFruit
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, tablet, bulk herb.
AffectsEndocrine system, Reproductive system
CautionsAvoid if you are pregnant or are taking birth-control pills.
Botanical InfoA shrub or small tree from the Vervain family with abundant purple or lavender flowers and small brown fruit.
DescriptionVitex, one of the best-known women's herbs, was recommended by Hippocrates in 450 B.C. and is still used today to help ease undesirable symptoms associated with menstrual imbalances, hormonal difficulties (PMS and menopause), and to increase the supply of mother's milk. It is also used for male teenage acne.

Vitex has a taste of ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.


Powder2-4 capsules 2 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful first thing in the morning
Extractfollow label instructions

Ailments Treated by Vitex

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Amenorrheahormonal balancertincture, tablet
Lactation, insufficientgalactagoguetincture, tablet, capsule
Breasts, sorehormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Dysmenorrheahormone regulatortablet, tincture
Endometriosishormone balancertincture, tablet
Fibroid cystshormone balancertincture, tablet, capsule
Hormonal imbalancehormone balancertincture, tablet, capsule
Menopausehormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Menorrhagiahormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Menstruation, deficienthormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Menstruation, excesshormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Metrorrhagiahormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
PMS [Premenstrual Syndrome]hormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Skin eruptionshormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Uterine cystshormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Vaginal drynesshormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule


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Littre, E., trans. 1839-61. Oeuvres Completes d'Hippocrates. Paris: J.B. Bailliere.