What is Vitex? Benefits and side effects?

What is Vitex?


What is Vitex?

Vitex Agnus-castus is a shrub native to southern Europe and its berries are used to produce supplements for hormonal issues. It is in use from hundreds of years for the treatment of women’s menstrual issues. It is one of the best herbs ever known to regulate menstrual issues in women. It is most famous herb in Europe and America and other western nations to deal gynecological issues. Modern research and traditional use in different countries shows its excellent effectiveness in hormonal issues.

Urdu & Punjabi name?

It is called Sambhalu in Urdu and Punjabi.

How does it work?

It is the safest and most effective herb while it does not contain any hormone and works indirectly behind the scene without any disruption in other hormones. It regulates hormonal issues by regulating the pituitary gland because pituitary gland is the master gland which controls many hormones in the body. It send the signals to the ovaries that how much and when to release the hormones and this communication known as “Hormonal Feed Back Loop”.

What the Vitex showed in Scientific Studies?

Vitex maintain the level and inhibit the production of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).

It reduces the higher levels of prolactine which creates the breast pain.

It increases the production of luteinizing hormone.

It lengthens the short luteal phase.

It increases the progesterone levels.

Reduces the advancement of mild endometriosis and put a stop on its growth.

It also saves the pregnancy from miscarriage especially due to low progesterone levels.

It is highly effective in the management of PMS symptoms like allergies, depression, rashes, mood swings and sensitivity of breasts.

Women facing amenorrhea experienced the resumed cycle after the use of vitex for six months.

Improve the absent as well as too frequent and heavy periods.

It helps in diminishing the uterine fibroids and cysts.

Stabilize the menstrual cycle after the use of birth control pills.

It is in use from last 2000 years to stimulate the milk production in new mothers.

It removes the acne and improves the complexion of the skin.

Most of the hormonal issues those disappear with pregnancy and starts after the end of breast feeding can be resolved with the use of vitex.

How to Use

Scientific studies shows that vitex start its working within 10 days and also shows significant improvement in PMS after the second menstrual cycle but for optimal results it must be used for 3 to 12 months or more.

Vitex is an excellent herb that works behind the scene unlike the synthetic drugs in a very gentle way by motivating the body to maintain its hormonal balance itself by making the basic changes in the body chemistry.


Mostly it is taken in empty stomach in the morning but if cause some issue in stomach then it can be divided in two equal doses. Its recommended dose is 800 – 1000 mg extract in capsules a day.

Is it useful for Everyone?

Vitex is usually safe for most of the women in their child bearing age ranges from 18 to perimenopause which is usually starts in age of 40 and after it menopause started and periods become irregular. But it cannot bring back the menstrual cycle once it is stopped due to being overage.

Safety Profile

Vitex is in use from last 2000 years with no side effects but some women may face minor side effects like gastrointestinal upset but it is 1 – 2%.

Avoid using along with medicines those having hormones because it may interfere with them.

In the start of the use of vitex, cycle may be disturbed because body is adjusting itself before the final stabilization.

Use during Pregnancy

It can be used if there is an issue of miscarriage till the end of third month during pregnancy but it may initiate the lactation process too early after the third month of pregnancy so it must not  be used after the third month of the pregnancy due to this issue.


Vitex is a versatile herb which can change the life of women suffering from the issues related to fertility but it requires patience and consistency.

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