Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus
Sometimes called monk’s pepper, lilac chastetree or simply vitex, chasteberry is an herb with a long history of use. It’s specifically believed to benefit female fertility and hormone health, hence its moniker “the women’s herb.”
Some of the other potential benefits of chasteberry include:
- Alleviating PMS symptoms, such as bloating, depression, irritabiliaty and menstruation pain.
- Ease endometriosis symptoms. Taking standardized chasteberry extract for hormonal support may be helpful in easing the pain caused by this condition.
- May help regulate menstrual cycle. It may be helpful for women with irregular periods or those who are coming off of hormonal birth control.
- Promote men’s reproductive health. Despite being called “the women’s herb,” chasteberry may have benefits for men’s health as well. It can help increase urine flow, alleviate benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and turn off sexual desire.
- Chasteberry may also have benefits for other health issues, such as colds, headaches and migraines, joint conditions, eye pain, spleen problems, and inflammation and swelling. It may help prevent insect bites, alleviate acne and promote the healing of stings.