This herb has been used by monks, women, and all walks of earth wanting to aid in hormonal balance which is one of the keys to longevity. Today we are going to talk about chaste tree berry.
Vitex agnus castus, also known as other names such as monk’s pepper, vitex, chaste tree, chasteberry, lilac chaste tree, hemp tree, sage tree, indian spice and abraham’s balm.
Chaste Tree is a perennial native to Central Asia and the mediterranean region. It is commonly found on riverbanks and nearby foothills. It is starting to become very common in the warmer mid to southern parts of the United States for garden landscapes.
Throughout history chaste tree has been used to reduce sexual desires. Hence the word chaste which means to abstain from sexual desires. Don’t let that fool you! It is used to regulate hormones which means in some cases it will increase libido.
You may have heard the common story that in the middle ages monks used chasteberry in the monasteries to reduce their libido. Hence the name monk’s pepper.
It was mentioned in Pliny’s Historia Naturalis “Natural History”. Women used the leaves and stems as bedding “to cool the heat of lust” during the Thesmophoria which is a festival held in Greek cities. They did this to remain chaste when they were not in their husbands beds. We all know what happens during parties or festivals. Eh hm
John Trevis mentioned it at the end of the thirteenth century to make men chaste. The Flower and the Leaf mentioned chaste. The Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about chaste saying: “If blood flows from the womb, let the woman drink dark wine in which the leaves of the chaste tree have been steeped.” In the 16th century William Turner mentioned it for the seeds anaphrodisiac properties. Dioscorides, and Theophrastus also mentioned its use.
The leaves, flowers, and berries can be consumed. The leaves have a more subtle effect so the berries are more commonly used instead.
Some of the benefits of chasteberry are: Inhibit prolactin secretion by competitively binding to dopamine receptors, regulate pituitary gland function, hormonal acne, promotes urination, lowers libido, prostate cancer by regulating high testosterone, infertility, PMS and related symptoms such as cyclic mastalgia, PMDD, migraine headaches, menstrual irregularities, luteal phase defects, and hyperprolactinemia.
Since chaste regulates pituitary gland function, it is used as one of the herbs in my protocol. The pituitary gland is often times called the master gland for its control over most of the endocrine system. The endocrine system plays an important role in health and longevity. If you haven’t yet, watch my video on Pituitary Weakness to learn more about the importance of the pituitary gland.
Most people take chasteberry in the morning. This is done to help regulate the HPAT axis for healthier hormonal functions throughout the day. This will help you have energy during the day and melatonin at night for better sleep quality.
With our overly sexually stimulated society it seems necessary to have some anaphrodisiac medicines for those that do not wish to be apart of the overly stimulated culture. Chaste is specifically good for those people.
A study found that lower doses of the berry increased prolactin whereas higher doses decreased prolactin. This means the libido regulating effects may depend on the amounts of chaste consumed. Lower prolactin levels can cause higher levels of follicle stimulating hormone. Higher estrogen in women and higher testosterone in men. So if you want to lower your libido you will want higher prolactin levels by taking low doses of chaste. Be sure to experiment with doses and see what works best for you. Dosage will be slightly different for each individual. In the study they used extracts ranging from 120 mg, 240 mg and 480 mg daily.
An open study was done to see the effectiveness of chaste in 1634 patients suffering from PMS. They did this by using a questionnaire to determine the effects on symptoms such as depression, anxiety, cravings and hyper dehydration. 85% of physicians rated the herb as good or very good, 81% of patients rated after treatment as very much or much better. The severity of mastodynia symptom complaints still present after 3 months were mostly less severe. Adverse side effects were only found in 1.2% of patients without any serious reactions. All in all it was found to be a safe high benefiting herb in all aspects of PMS symptoms.
Another study concluded: “Dry extract of agnus castus fruit is an effective and well tolerated treatment for the relief of symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome.”
Because of these studies, chaste has gained a popularity in women but remember it can be used for men as well to help regulate endocrine function.
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