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Chaste Tree

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 20, 2021.

What are other common names?

  • Vitex agnus-castus
  • Vitex rotundifolia
  • Vitex trifolia
  • Agnus Castus
  • Chaste Berry
  • Chaste Tree Berry
  • Chasteberries
  • Chasteberry
  • Chinese Vitex
  • Gattilier
  • Hemp Tree
  • Indian Spice
  • Lilac Chaste Tree
  • Mang Jing Zi
  • Monk's Pepper
  • Sage Tree Hemp
  • Vitex
  • Wild Pepper

What is this product used for?

Chaste tree is used to help with problems related to hormone imbalances. It may also help with signs of premenstrual syndrome like bloating, breast pain, or low mood.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. It may also interact with birth control pills. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not breastfeed while using this product.

  • Do not use this product if you have health problems that are sensitive to hormones. These are problems like breast cancer and prostate cancer.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs that contain hormones. These are drugs like birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs that affect dopamine levels. These are drugs like levodopa-carbidopa, ropinirole, and pramipexole.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Mental health conditions

    • Parkinson disease

    • Restless legs syndrome

    • Cancer

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Tiredness

  • Acne

  • Rash

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Very bad headache

  • Changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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