Vitex is a plant known by the name of Chasteberry or pepper of the monks , it is found in humid and cool areas very close to rivers, they have been used since ancient times as a home remedy for medicinal purposes in women, especially to treat the different symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance.

It is indicated to alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, increase fertility in women and to induce the production of breast milk in nursing mothers. This is done by regulating the production of certain hormones that help reduce or level its production to reduce discomfort and eliminate premenstrual syndromes and other gynecological disorders.

What is vitex for?

It is a plant with medicinal properties that has many benefits in the treatment of various female disorders, so you have to know how to use it properly to achieve the expected improvements to various symptoms of the body.

  • Helps decrease PMS premenstrual symptoms. Breast tension, fatigue, headaches, irritability and others.
  • It allows treating hyperprolactinemia, allowing the secretion of prolactin normally fulfilling its function the production of breast milk after pregnancy.
  • Generates relief for menopausal and pre-menopausal problems.
  • It serves to regularize menstrual periods by treating the absence of menstruation or amenorrhea and the complications that may appear from menstrual function characterized by painful periods during menstruation.
  • It helps reduce the formation of cysts in the uterus and treat the ailments caused by them that can develop inside the uterus and outside it, such as endometriosis.
  • It is used to adjust the production of female hormones, thanks to the series of compounds that this plant presents, regulating the levels in the ratio of progesterone-estrogen hormones. Relieving symptoms such as fluid retention, breast pain and swelling, headaches, acne and cold sores.
  • It works by reducing the levels of the hormone prolactin, which helps to level estrogen production in women and testosterone in men, as well as the follicular growth-stimulating hormone FSH.
  • It allows to regulate the moods.
  • It helps the production of milk in the mammary glands.
  • Improves acne produced by the menstrual cycle.
  • Improve fertility and the reproductive system, by increasing progesterone levels and extending ovulation.
  • protects the body from premature cell aging and cancer thanks to its antioxidant effects.
  • It is used to reduce or balance sexual desire in women.
  • Regulates the various variations in the level of stress in the body.
  • Prevents miscarriage in women with low progesterone levels.

Side effects of Vitex

Side effects appear very little, are mild and reversible even when ingested for a long period of time, registering rare effects such as the following:

  • Upset stomach and indigestion that can result in diarrhea.
  • Increased secretion of breast milk.
  • Increased menstrual flow and headaches.
  • Reduction of sexual desire.
  • It can cause some allergic reactions causing breakouts on the skin causing itching, due to some of its chemical components.
  • Headache and the production of more serious symptoms in individuals who suffer from it continuously.
  • Production of acne due to hormonal effects.

Contraindications to Vitex.

The use of this plant is safe, and taking the recommended doses should not present any problem, despite this there are certain effects not expected by consumers that should be taken into account.

  • It can generate a change in menstrual flow when it is being used.
  • It can interfere with efficacy if you are undergoing an artificial insemination procedure.
  • It can increase the rate of bowel movements as it can have laxative effects
  • Do not use if you have a mental disorder or schizophrenia, as these drugs work to treat these disorders, so they can decrease dopamine, a chemical found in the brain affecting therapy.

Composition of vitex

The fruits of this plant contain a variety of active substances, such as:

  • Diterpenes (such as rotundifurans, vitexylactone, viteagnusins, vitetrifolins): substances that help increase dopamine activity in the brain.
  • Iridoid glycosides (such as agnuside, aucubin, eurostoside): They have their action on the production and secretion of female hormones.
  • Falvonoids (such as apigenin, casticin, quercetagetine, vitexin, isovitexin, orientin): These have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, which regulate hormone levels
  • Essential oils (among others alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, limonene, cineol, terpineol, sabinene, beta-caryophyllene, beta-selinen, bornyl acetate): They have antimicrobial effects, which prevent the suffering of infections or the attack of microbes

Recommended dosage

The most effective way to administer it is in the morning and before consuming any food. This remedy is not fast-acting so you do not have to wait for immediate results, it can be found in vitex extract, tinctures and capsules, the latter being the easiest for the assimilation process:

  • Premenstrual syndrome: 100-300 mg, one dose for a period of three months.
  • Menopause treatment: 450 mg, one dose per day for a period of 5 to 6 months.
  • To exert a balancing function of estrogens and fibroids: 200 mg, two doses a day.
  • For treatment of menopause with severe hot flashes: 300, three doses a day
  • For treatment of menopause and prevention of premenstrual disorder pain systems: take 300mg a day for 5 to 6 months.
  • Endometriosis: 600mg, one to three doses a day.
  • To reduce hormonal deficits in the luteinic phase (breast inflammation and pain): 20 mg, one dose a day for a period of 90 days.

Achieving a balance in hormones is essential for women to lead a full and healthy life. Hormonal disorders can be a limitless source of problems for women. The use of this plant in an adequate way with the advice of a doctor who can evaluate your situation and thus be able to indicate with certainty the amount and duration of the treatment to follow, can be beneficial to be able to balance the hormonal cycles and be able to enjoy its benefits, becoming the best ally for women’s health.


  • It should not be administered during pregnancy and lactation.
  • It should not be used in children or under 18 years of age.
  • It should not be administered if you are taking any hormonal medication or using contraceptive pills.
  • Do not consume if you are receiving any treatment for Parkinson’s as it could interfere with the therapy due to the chemical substances it contains.

Thank you for accompanying us to this point, if you have already used this remedy before, we invite you to tell us about your experience.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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