Plant Magazine of Botanical-online September 2017

Natural remedies

Contraindications of chaste tree

(Vitex agnus-castus)

WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE VITEX

What is chase tree (vitex) and what is it used for?

Chasteberry or chaste tree is a shrub of Central Asia, which is also found in the Mediterranean countries.

Its fruits are used as a substitute for pepper, and its dried leaves are also used as a spice in some regions.

In natural medicine, chasteberry is widely used to treat premenstrual pain, regulate the cycle, and to treat symptoms of menopause.

What are vitex contraindications?

  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: This plant is not suitable during pregnancy and breasfeeding

  • Allergy: People who are allergic to other plants, should have extreme with the use of remedies from plants.
chaste tree
A drawing of the plant
  • Treatment with contraceptives: It is contraindicated the use of this plant for women with birth control treatments and women taking medication for the symptoms of menopause.

  • Endometriosis, breast cancer, uterine cancer and other cancer types: Some people with hormone dependent cancers may suffer adverse effects from this plant for its activity on hormone levels.

  • Gastritis and stomach problems: In case of gastric problems, it is better to split the doses more times, taking them all on a full stomach.

  • puno rojo More information about vitex properties, toxicity...in the listing above

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