Medicinal plants

Chaste Tree – Application & Treatment for Health

Chaste tree

Monk’s pepper is an effective medicinal plant that is mainly used to treat women’s diseases. But men can also benefit from the effects of the healthy ingredients. The healing power of chaste tree was already known in ancient times.

Occurrence & Cultivation of Monk’s Pepper

The botanically correct name of the chaste tree is “Vitex Agnus Castus”. Translated, this means “chaste lamb”. And so you can find the chaste tree in every old monastery garden, which in the male order was supposed to drive away the carnal desires of the monks.

That’s probably where the first part of the name comes from. In men, chaste tree has a lust-depressant effect when taken in large quantities. The woman benefits from its balancing effect on the sexual organs. As a location, the chaste tree prefers damp places such as embankments or wet meadows.

It is widespread and even grows in the Balkans and India. Its blue-purple flowers bear small fruits in late summer that have a pungent, slightly peppery flavor, which explains the second part of its name.

Application & Use

Monk’s pepper or “chaste tree”, as it is also known, is recognized as a medicinal plant. The ESCOP Commission and the E Commission, both renowned scientific bodies for the assessment of herbal remedies, independently confirm the effectiveness, especially for women with some typical symptoms.

With its hormone-like active ingredients – one speaks here of phytohormones – Vitex Agnus Castus can influence the hormonal balance of women and thus balance out the natural fluctuations in the female cycle. Since it is also said to have a positive effect on prostate diseases and testicular inflammation , monk’s pepper is also a valuable remedy for men.

Above all, the crushed fruits are offered in capsule form, coated tablets (single or combined preparations) or drops, the leaves as tea. The preparations should come from a secure source with careful processing. Organic cultivation, i.e. free of pesticides and fertilizers, is highly recommended. Anyone who suffers from food intolerances or allergies , lives vegetarian or vegan, should also pay attention to the corresponding accompanying substances such as gluten , lactose , animal gelatine, etc.

As with practically all naturopathic remedies, the full effect only sets in after some time of ingestion. Therefore, a curative application of at least three months is necessary. Since it is said: “Everything that has an effect can also have a side effect”, this can also be expected in rare cases with monk’s pepper. This can manifest itself as a rash , itching or tingling. People who have to take dopamine medication should not use chaste tree, as the medicinal plant itself has dopamine-like effects.

Importance for health, treatment & prevention

The health importance of chaste tree for women due to the phytohormones has already been highlighted. This applies in particular to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) with breast tension, spotting , migraine attacks , flatulence , skin blemishes and also irritability or depressive moods .

These are symptoms that women often suffer from at the beginning of the climacteric (menopause). It is therefore obvious that there is also a wide area of ​​application for Agnus Castus here. Monk’s pepper has also proven its worth for menstrual irregularities and painful menstrual bleeding. When breastfeeding, it is used to promote milk production. Mild symptoms can be treated with a tea, stronger symptoms with a standardized preparation with a guaranteed amount of active ingredients. Here the doctor or non- medical practitioner will name a suitable preparation.

The high health value of the monk’s pepper, especially its fruits, is also due to the high content of essential oils, fatty oils, tannins, bitter substances and various flavonoids (e.g. casticin). These secondary plant substances have, among other things, a protective effect against so-called “free radicals”. Monk’s pepper has an overall positive effect on health.

In classical homeopathy , Vitex Agnus Castus is also used for neurasthenia , a disease of the nervous system, as well as for chronic sprains and dislocations. However, the main areas of application remain the various women’s ailments and complaints. Since monk’s pepper is a medicinal product, i.e. not a dietary supplement, it should only be taken after consultation with the gynecologist or naturopath and in the prescribed dosage. A preventive effect of Agnus Castus is not known.

Lisa Newlon
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Hello! I am Lisa Newlon, and I am a medical writer and researcher with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I have a Master’s degree in Medicine, and my deep understanding of medical terminology, practices, and procedures has made me a trusted source of information in the medical world.