Vitex Agnus Castus, or Chaste Berry, is a powerhouse for balancing female hormones naturally, modulating menstrual cycles and spicing up your love life with that special someone. Valentine’s Day is the kind of holiday that stirs up ALL of the emotions, whether you are single making it sweet with a box of chocolates, or you’re staying indoors with your soulmate and also eating chocolates (damn you COVID) – Vitex Berry comes to the scene to balance out your moon cycle and support healthy female hormones. Vitex has come a long way since medieval times when only monks knew what this spicy herb could do, getting the name "Chaste" Berry from male monks who used Vitex to calm their sexual desires, and support celibacy. This naming however, is only partially true, and medieval monks are contradicted by other herbal traditions as well as modern herbalism. The greek physicians who came after the Romans, as well as modern herbalists, found that Vitex was a modulator of sex drive, rather than a suppressant: meaning that if libido was too high it could lower it, if too low it could increase it.
In more recent times, Vitex has become well known for its uses in supporting the reproductive health of females, and is not typically recommended for males. The monks may have been correct about the "chaste" inducing effects of Vitex on Males, but several herbal traditions mention Vitex as a specific for female "frigidity" and "impotence", terms describing states of low libido in females. Due to the female hormone stimulating effects of Vitex, use in males to increase libido seem likely to be ineffective, and may have the opposite effect - a dampening effect which the monks found beneficial in their celibacy. For increasing male libido there are several better options such as damiana (turnera), horny goat weed (epimedium), ashwagandha (withania) as well as a whole host of other masculininity enhancing herbs. (1) Now let us explore deeper into the science on Vitex (Chaste Berry) and how precisely it may modulate female reproductive hormones.
One of the primary actions of the medicinal compounds in Vitex is stimulating dopamine receptors and releases that feel good chemical that gets you motivated – whether crushing the to do list, or yearning to do the one you’re crushing on; dopamine is closely involved. One of the primary ways that dopamine effects libido is from its inhibitory effects on a hormone called prolactin (PRL), which mainly functions to stimulate milk production. However, prolactin also happens to suppress libido and sensual desire – so by increasing dopamine, Vitex suppresses this often-unwanted effect of prolactin. Fascinatingly, although males are not known for producing milk, prolactin is a major factor in inhibiting libido for both sexes. It goes without saying that you should run not walk from vitex if you are pregnant, planning to be, or are breastfeeding as it counteracts the natural increase in prolactin that is crucial to nourishing your baby. As an important note to make, Vitex should not be thought of as a purely libido boosting herb as traditional use has shown that it is more of a regulator, decreasing overexcited levels or increasing low levels, as mentioned previously. (1) This gives Vitex a dual nature, it is an herb for supporting those who want more libido – and for those that want less. Botanical medicine is of course much more complex than pharmaceutical medicine due to the fact that several therapeutic compounds are present within Chaste Berry: essential oils, terpenes such as alpha-pinene (an aromatic substance found in pine trees, and cannabis) and vitexin & vitexinin. These plant compounds also have significant anti-inflammatory effects, protect the nervous system, and even help memory. Vitex also acts as a hormonal regulator, believed to be due to this herbs ability to increase both estrogen and progesterone. This effect is largely why vitex has long been used to harmonizing menstruation, whether it be the roller coaster of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular cycles and even for menopausal symptoms. Overall, vitex is one of the most specific botanicals for female hormonal imbalances, whereas herbs like Black Cohosh, Motherwort, Angelica Sinensis have wide ranging supportive effects such as relieving cramps, tough menstrual flow, in addition to modulating hormones. (2) Traditional Chinese Medicine offers us further insight into the holistic pattern that Vitex Agnus Castus supports naturally. It is considered to tonify reproductive qi, specifically in Uterus Qi deficiency – which is essential a decrease in the energies and substances that allow the Uterus to function harmoniously. Issues like increased menstrual cycle lengths, irregular and painful uterine cramps before onset of flow and lack of libido are common in this energetic pattern. Interestingly Vitex also has effects on relaxing muscle tension generally, relieving joint pains and nerve pains such as those common in the fibromyalgia. (2) VITEX AGNUS CASTUS MNEMONIC Vitex is among the simpler of the female reproductive support herbs remembered easily as: Valentine’s Vitex for libido increasing properties.
Chaste berry for the Chastity Crazed Cloistermen (Monks) who denied bodily desires through Celibacy.
I also keep in mind that Vitex is for the Vterus (Uterus) & Roman numeral V:
And Vitex most significantly effects the 5 P’s:
Progesterone (>) Prolactin (<) PREGNANCY (Pre-Term) Periods & PMS.
DOSAGE | PREPARATION
Chastetree Berry (Vitex) Primarily used in the form of tincture and long infusion (strong tea)
Tincture Dosage (Standalone Vitex): 1-3ml daily of 1:2 strength (40% alcohol)
For Hormonal Regulation: Take 1-2ml upon awakening (2)
THE ORIGIN OF APHRODITE’S MOON
When I decided to formulate a female reproductive support formula for Kentauros Therapeutics, Vitex was an absolute must in the formula. I deep dived into the traditions of folk herbalism and modern research for female herbs to make Aphrodite’s Moon, and unanimously saw the use of 4 female support herbs all throughout history and was excited to see that research was confirming the traditional uses that herbalists had gathered from centuries of experience. My intention was to craft a formula that generally covered a wide array of the kinds of reproductive support that many females suffer from in silence.
Of course, I included Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste Berry), and to that added another quintessential female support herb – Angelica Sinensis, which by its nickname the “female ginseng” tells one how important Angelica is. Lastly, I included Black Cohosh for it’s incredible reputation of use for cramps, flow balance, hormonal support, and muscle relaxation & finished off the blend with an herb that rarely is found in female support tinctures – not because it isn’t helpful, but many don’t know about the powers of Motherwort. Another herb named for its medicinal uses, Motherwort is fundamentally unique in that it has female hormone and cycle regulating properties while at the same time being very specific for mental tension, anxiety and very well know for its beneficial effects on soothing a heart. Whether that’s palpitations, heart racing, or other kinds of stress related heart symptoms – Motherwort is a real hidden treasure. I rounded it all out with some raw honey and let me say it tasted pretty yummy.
You may be wondering how I have any idea that that formula works, well I had the same idea when I was experimenting with this particular tincture. Thankfully, the many amazing women that I have crossed paths with were happy to accept free or discounted Aphrodite’s Moon in return for the most valuable thing of all: data. I was amazed at the overwhelmingly positive response that I received in regard to the tinctures many harmonizing effects on common issues that unfortunately, many females experience regularly. I was told by avid fans of the Aphrodite’s Moon Cycle Support formula that they grew to crave the hint of celery, aromatic minty and spicy taste of the tincture. Confused as to how a formula could taste and smell like celery when there was seemingly no celery in the blend, I stumbled upon the fact that the whole Angelica family of herbs is WILD CELERY. The mystery was solved, and the hint of celery flavor became a signature of the formula.
I hope you enjoyed learning about one of Top 5 favorite female support herbs,
Vitex (Chaste Berry).
I have THREE special treats for you this Valentine’s Day Week <3
1) More in-depth articles on other key herbs to naturally support female: hormones, menstrual cycles, libido & cramps such as black cohosh, motherwort, & angelica sinensis (Dong Quai)
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To learn how I can support your health naturally
1) Wood, Matthew. The Earthwise Herbal Volume 1. 2008
2) Holmes, Peter. The Energetics of Western Herbs Vol 2. 1994