Chasteberry

Chasteberry Facts

Chasteberry is a herb that has been found to greatly increase Vitamin B-6.  Chasteberry is the fruit of the chaste tree, a small shrub-like tree native to Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. Today we know chasteberry by several names:  chaste-tree berry, vitex, monk’s pepper.  Vitex agnus-castus is the latin name.

What Chasteberry Is Used For

  • Chasteberry has been used by men to cure erectile dysfunction and increase penis size.
  • Chasteberry has been used for thousands of years, mostly by women to ease menstrual problems and to stimulate the production of breast milk.
  • Chasteberry is still used for menstrual problems, such as premenstrual syndrome, as well as for symptoms of menopause, some types of infertility, and acne.

How Chasteberry Is Used

The dried ripe chasteberry is used to prepare liquid extracts or solid extracts that are put into capsules and tablets.

What the Science Says

  • A few studies of chasteberry for erectile dysfunction have found a benefit. However, most of these studies were small.  Larger studies are being planned.
  • Small studies suggest that chasteberry may help with breast pain and some types of infertility.
  • NCCAM has funded studies on chasteberry. Projects have explored how chasteberry works in the body and how it might affect symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and erectile dysfunction.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • Chasteberry has not been associated with serious side effects. However, it can cause gastrointestinal problems, acne-like rashes, and dizziness.
  • Chasteberry may affect certain hormone levels. Women who are pregnant, or taking birth control pills or who have a hormone-sensitive condition (such as breast cancer) should not use chasteberry.
  • Because chasteberry may affect the dopamine system in the brain, people taking dopamine-related medications, such as certain antipsychotic drugs and Parkinson’s disease medications, should avoid using chasteberry.
  • Tell all your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
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