Chasteberry has been used by men to cure erectile dysfunction and increase penis size for thousands of years. and has been found in Roman medical literature. It is also used to clear Acne. Women find it helps with menstrual problems. Studies suggest that Chasteberry may affect the dopamine levels. Chasteberry has been found to greatly increase Vitamin B-6.
Chasteberry is the fruit of the chaste tree, a small shrub-like tree native to Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. Today we know Chasteberry by several names: chaste-tree berry, vitex, monk’s pepper. Vitex agnus-castus is the latin name.
What the Science Says
- A few studies of chasteberry for erectile dysfunction have found a benefit. However, most of these studies were small. Larger studies are being planned.
- Small studies suggest that chasteberry may help with breast pain and some types of infertility.
- NCCAM has funded studies on chasteberry. Projects have explored how chasteberry works in the body and how it might affect symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and erectile dysfunction.
Side Effects and Cautions
- Chasteberry has not been associated with serious side effects. However, it can cause gastrointestinal problems if to much is taken.
- Chasteberry may affect certain hormone levels. Women who are pregnant, or taking birth control pills or who have a hormone-sensitive condition (such as breast cancer) should not use Chasteberry.
- Because Chasteberry may affect the dopamine system in the brain, people taking dopamine-related medications, such as certain antipsychotic drugs and Parkinson’s disease medications, should avoid using chasteberry.
- Tell all your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.