Vitex agnus-castus in history
Vitex agnus-castus, commonly known as Vitex or Chaste tree, is a small shrub that is native to the Mediterranean. It is used to make a herbal remedy that is commonly used for menstrual complaints. The shrub has purple flowers and fruit, and it’s the fruit that is harvested to create the medicinal extract. 1-2
The value of Vitex agnus-castus has been known for at least 2000 years and was used historically for general digestive complaints and to help women with menstrual difficulties.1
Today medicinal extracts of Vitex are widely recommended for the relief of PMS symptoms and to help improve menstrual cycle irregularities.