Vitex contraindications

(Vitex agnus-castus)


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 treeA 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 rojoMore information about vitex properties, toxicity…in the listing above
This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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