Chaste Tree Berry
Vitex angus-castusAlso known as Monk's Pepper, because the monks used to use it to decrease sex drive. This may be due to its action on the hypothalamus- pituitary- ovarian (or gonad) axis. In low doses it increases prolactin levels, which has the potential to lower libido and can increase lactation. In normal doses it can decrease prolactin levels. Vitex can be helpful for PMS symptoms such as breast soreness, fluid retention, and in cases of irregular cycles or cycles where there is no ovulation or menstruation. Also useful for peri-menopause when there irregular cycles and ovulation.