Tree is from the fruit of the vitex
grows along the Mediterranean Coastal regions and central
flowers and root bark.
increases production of breast milk
excessive menstrual bleeding
Action: Acts on
pituitary cells in the release of prolactin by binding to the dopamine
receptors. Inhibits release of prolactin at higher
doses. Stimulates release of prolactin at lower doses and has progesterone and hydroxyprogesterone
effects. It also has anti-inflammatory, antiandrogenic,
antieoplastic and antimicrobial effects.
40 mg of fruit in cold water,
Due to wide variety of
dosages, read manufactures label
May cause nausea, vomiting, itching,
early on set of menstruation and increased menstrual flow.
Should not be used if trying to get
pregnant or pregnant, lactating or taking hormone replacement therapy
In women trying to
could cause miscarriage or
lead to multiple pregnancies.
Will have no effect if
currently taking dopamine receptor blockers, such as haloperidol.
May take up to 18 months to see results.
Use cautiously with hormone replacements and birth contraceptives.