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On this page I will discuss the traditional medicinal applicatoins of Vitex Berries, and then touch base on the phytochemical scientific understanding of the holistic remedy. What the majority of people do not know is that plants produce some of the most sophisticated and beneficial chemicals on the planet. These majestic collaboration of atoms are commonly referred to as phytochemicals". The big pharmaceutical companies know this, and use it to their advantage. For example, the worlds most effective pain medications ( opiates ) are not made by man, rather are extracted from the Poppy Plant
For centuries, these berries have been used in the treatment of:
- Constipation ( YIKES! )
- Inducing Menstruations & Lactation
- Hormonal Imbalances in Women
- Improving Menstrual Cycles
Modern herbalist use it for:
- Breast Swelling
- Breast Pain
- PMS ailments
- Used for both preventing and Assisting in conceiving children.
- Oneirogen ( Dreams )
- Burned as incense for meditation practice and promotion of peace.
This plant is a highly skilled and consistent chemist with knowledge and abilites far beyond that of human beings. It harnesses the suns energy, and uses co2 from the biospheres air, along with elements, minerals, etc, to consistently create the same majestic chemicals. Phytochemicals present in the organic material of this plant include: Flavonoids (vitexin, casticin), agnuside, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, alkaloids, diterpenoids and steroidal hormone precursors.
Each one of these phytochemicals have been researched and facts surrounding them are well documented. Facts regarding each individual chemical are readily available from scholarly sources accessible by any one in the world, via the internet. I use this knowledge myself in my own herbalism practices. I like to know every little possibility that a plant like Vitex has so I can make the best infusions and be safe. It's important to know what you're dealing with at all times!
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