Also known as
Vitex agnus-castus, Chasteberry
Vitex agnus-castus, the fruit of which is commonly known as the Monk pepper has a rich history of use as an anaphrodisiac, said "to cool the heat of lust" & is believed to have been used as an anti-libido medicine by monks to aid their attempts to remain chaste. There are reports of Vitex having an aphrodisiac action as well, this effect occurs at higher dosage levels.
Flavonoids, alkaloids, diterpenoids, vitexin, casticin and steroidal hormone precursors. It is believed that some of these compounds work on the pituitary gland which would explain its effects on hormonal levels. Studies have shown that Monk pepper can bind to opiate receptors; explaining the analgesic action & its use for alleviating menstrual pains.
Origin: China, Croatia, Turkey
Dried & powdered berries
Vitex berry can be consumed straight, the powder made into a tea, or smoked for an analgesic effect. Recommended dosage 2-6 grams, lower dosages better for anaphrodisiac action, higher doses better for analgesic & aphrodisiac action.
Vitex is a very special plant with a variety of uses, second to none for its ability to regulate the menstrual cycle, reduce pain, & to modulate sexual drive. It is highly recommended for those looking to quit certain drugs such as mild opiates or marijuana.
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