Vitex (Chaste tree) has been used for thousands of years for its beneficial affect on the female glandular system, and its restraining effect on male hormones. Modern research has confirmed at least one of these uses, and the berries are now widely used to restore balance and function to the female reproductive system, by stimulating the natural production of progesterone.
Some of the old herbals classify the berries as anaphrodisiac, accounting for the name Monk's pepper, and the tradition of using the kernels to lessen the urges of the flesh. Other sources list the Vitex fruit as aphrodisiac, implying the opposite tendency. The truth is that the chaste tree berry, like many other herbs, exerts a normalizing influence on the body restoring that which is absent, and constraining excessive tendencies.
Vitex acts upon the pituitary gland, reducing the production of certain hormones and increasing the production of other, shifting the balance in favor of the gestagens, hormones that normally condition the body for pregnancy. It has found a wide following of users for imbalances of the female reproductive system, especially when they are related to excessive estrogen or xen-estrogen influence, and has been used with great effect in restoring absent menstruation, regulating heavy periods, restoring fertility when caused by hormonal imbalance, relieve PMS tension, and easing the changes of menopause.
A tincture of the berries has also been used externally for the relief of paralysis, pains in the limbs, and neuropathic muscular weakness.
Internal Indicated Usages:
External Indicated Usages
Large doses of Vitex has been known to cause a nervous disorder known as formication, which manifests as a tingling sensation on the skin.
Vitex berries can be used as a mild substitute for black pepper, and can even be ground in a pepper mill. Not only will the safrole in the pepper be avoided, but the libido may get an attitude adjustment.
Uses: Like many other bulk herbs, we add it to many food recipes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts for added nutrition and fiber without affecting the flavor. Chaste berries can be used to benefit men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing) and children. It can be used as often as you would like.
Storage: Like many other bulk foods, Chaste berries store fairly well. It should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.
Questions?: Check out Frequently Asked Questions.
October 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm
This is a wonderful product to help mares . I use 1/2 oz. two times a day. I use up the bag and then give them one week off the product. This is usually the way to make the herbs work better. I am so glad that I found this site. Maybe I shouldn't say this but I was paying so much more with another company. This is so affordable and I thank you so much for that. Since my horses say on this product for life, I will always be a customer.
November 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm
I am going to try this product for my 4yr old gelding. I have a question for others who have used this product. I have my horse at a boarding stable and I am required to put supplements into individual baggies. My horse also gets MSM and I am wondering if I can put the MSM and the Chaste Tree Berry together in the same baggie or if there will be some kind of reaction between them?
November 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm
You can definately put all your supplements together. It will not effect the outcome. I have been doing this for many years.
December 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm
I have been using Chaste Tree Berry Powder for one of my horses who has Cushings disease. I have read many stories & research about it and all I can say is It works wonders. I didn't want to use the Rx prescribed by my vet after reading all the side effects. This is awesome! Just remember IF you decide to use this on your horse, do your research first.
December 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm
My 28 yr old pony has just gone down with his first bout of Laminitis. The vet said he is in the first stages of Cushings. I had found some suspect lumpy areas under his tummy. He has good days and bad days with the hot feet. I have changed his diet to a low calorie and low starch one. Now feeding Sarecen Shape Up and hi Fi Lite with a little speedi beet and mint and garlic.
I have read with much interest about the Chaste Tree Berry powder. I was wondering if you could give me the email address of your supplier please. There are so many on the web, i don't know which to choose? Thanks for any info you can give me. I am very sad my pony has got this awful diesease and want him to be comfortable and as happy as poss, before the enievitable euthenasia. Many Thanks Di brown x x
February 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm
Im sorry, I don't get a chance to sit down at my computer and check things out too often but I just read this and wanted to reply. Probably too late but I'll give it a shot. I get my Chaste Tree Berry Powder thru More Than Alive. Cheapest I have found yet. 1 heaping tsp. twice per day & remember 3 weeks on and 1 week off.
Good Luck again, sorry for the big delay.
October 27, 2012 at 11:37 am
Hi Maureen, I have a 26 yr. old Hackney Pony with cushings. He foundered a couple of yrs. ago and due to a change of diet and a great natural care farrier you can`t tell it by his feet any more!
I read what you said about 3wks. on then 1 wk. off. He has been on one tbls. Chaste Tree Berry powder for 6 wks. and I believe his hair growth is slowing. It is just now getting colder here and if he is just now showing some improvement should I still take him off for a week?
Thanks, Judy from Oregon
June 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm
I am starting my mares on chaste tree berry powder and am not sure the best way to give it. do I just sprinkle the powder over the food, make a tea? can some one help me out.
July 12, 2011 at 9:57 am
I put 1/2 teaspoon on my horses grain at night and about a tablespoon of molasses at first to make sure he ate it but now don't use the molasses. He was on pergolide and had terrible side effects and this has saved him. He looks so much better. Good luck!
July 20, 2011 at 8:46 am
This stuff really works for Cushings. I own a 26 yr old Morgan mare, diagnosed with Cushings about 4 yrs ago. She also has Thyroid troubles. She was on Pergolide for about a year and a half. It didn't do anything for her. I heard about Chaste tree berries from another horse friend, looked it up on line and did some research . She has been on the CTB powder for a year and a half now and this spring she shed her very long(4") coat along with the rest of my horses. She has been over weight for a no. of years also and now is at the proper wt. Herbs are not a quick fix like pharmaceuticals but they do work, you just have to be patient and give them time. I give my mare 1 Tbs. AM and PM for three weeks in her grain, then she gets one week off. She is also on Thyro-L for her thyroid. Good luck
August 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm
I LOVE THIS STUFF. I was told by a vet to use the chaste tree berry for my aging pony to help shed his winter coat. I started in the winter and it worked like a charm. Then as I researched it I decided to try it on my Cushings mare. Worked like a charm again. She is also on HEIRO to treat insolin resistance so I now have her off the pergolide. I also use CTB for my dog who would get terrible skin in the summer and after I had her spade at 8 yrs old it got really bad. She is now so much healthier. Her skin is good and her nose is wet. I can't remember it ever being wet and I've had her her whole life. She is ten yrs old and healthier than she has ever been. I also started using it for myself for my hot flashes, again, works like a charm. I still get hot flashes but they are few and far between and not as strong and only last a couple minutes.
February 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm
How much are you giving your dog? We have an older dog that I think has Cushings and would like to try it on her.
thank you c5jp
September 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm
I also have a mare diagnosed with Cushings last year. She has been on pergolide since then, it seemed to helped at first then not so much. She had shed her winter coat this spring, then started growing it back again. After doing research and reading the many positive comments about Chaste Tree Berries, I ordered a small package (very reasonable price). As many others have said, it worked like a charm. She shed her heavy coat in about 3 weeks, and has her beautiful, glossy coat back. I am very happy with this product, and am placing another order today - thank you!
December 21, 2012 at 5:45 am
I have a 30 yr. old gelding with a heart murmur, I just started noticing some of the effects of cushings on him. does anyone know if this powder will be safe for him ? And if so he weighs around 800 lbs. What would be a safe dose for him?
February 19, 2013 at 11:59 am
I have used CTB for 2 years and find it works great. 1+ TBS daily in timathy hay pellets as grain is NOT good for horses with cushings. Three wks on & 1 wk off. My 23 year old Arabian mare is 860lbs. Her hair is less and we still ride the rough trails. Please if you feed your crushing horse grain please stop as the sugars in grain acts like sugar or carbs in a diabetic that has no insulin. All horses with cushings should never have grain. Horses are not made to eat grains pellet or hole grains. Do your homework. PLEASE!!!!!
Posted by Unknown on 14th Jun 2013
I purchased this after hearing Chaste Tree can help settle geldings that have stallion-like behavior. My 2 year old gelding was a cryptorchid colt and was castrated surgically as a yearling. This spring, he started mounting the mares he's turned out with when they came into season. We are CERTAIN his testicals were removed, but we believe a minute amount of epididymis was left behind. Other than hormone therapy, we don't have many other options. I thought I would see if the Chaste Tree powder would help. The first day, he turned his nose up at his feed with the powder in it. For my next attempt, I mixed it with a small amount of water, making a fairly thick "mud" out of the powder and mixed that with his pellets. That worked! I've been splitting his daily dosage between two feedings, after a week or so of making the water mixture he transitioned to the dry powder on his feed without any trouble. I've seen him mount a mare once since starting the powder, but he gave up very quickly (much more quickly than normal). He hasn't had it in his system for very long (only about a week and a half), so I'm very curious to see how things progress. I bout 5 pounds which should last him a good while, so we're going to stick with it and see what happens. Fingers crossed.
Posted by Dwayne on 10th Jun 2013
WE HAVE USED THIS POWDER FOR 2 WEEKS & HE IS ALREADY SHEADING OFF,IT'S GREAT,& I RECEIVED MY SHIPMENT IN 4 DAYS,THANKS
Posted by Unknown on 4th Jun 2013
When my vet suspected that my 28-year-old thoroughbred mare had cushings, I decided to try chaste tree berry powder to treat her symptoms. She not only shed out beautifully, but the persistent nasal discharge that had plagued her for 6 months cleared right up. She now has a shiny, healthy coat and a sparkle in her eye. I have since recommended it to other owners of senior horses in my barn.
Posted by Jan on 4th Jun 2013
Your Chaste Tree Berry Powder is a very good quality for a decent price. It has been much more expensive with other companies and quality not nearly as good.
Great value for a very high quality herb powder.
Will purchase again when I run out
Posted by Barb Robison on 8th May 2013
I have a 23 year old gelding who was diagnosed with Cushings (PPID) a few years ago. He has been on Pergolide ever since, and though it seemed to help some, it did not prevent him from having recurring bouts of laminitis (from grazing on grass). I now keep him on a dry lot, but found that he still did not shed his winter coat well, and I had to body clip him, sometimes twice a year, to keep him comfortable. I started using the chaste berry powder this spring (1 heaping teaspoon twice a day), and he is doing much better, his thick winter hair is coming out by the handful and he also seems to have more energy and drinks less water than he used to. I would highly recommend this product for these types of horses.
Posted by Judith on 4th May 2013
I have a 21yr old horse with Cushings. I did have a mule who was 26 with Cushings we put to sleep in 12/11. the Chasteberry really helped her. but my horse seems to be different. I giver her 1 TB every morning in her SR feed. She only gets 1/2 # which will go down to a TB as the summer progresses. She has been better with her weight as she has always been on a diet but last winter she lost a lot of weight and then the Cushings started... (vet diagnosed). She's back on the weight and mostly herself now. But the hair is not shedding out. I am going to have to get the clippers out soon. So can I giver her 2 TB? I usually feed grain 1 time a day since she gets so little and hay 2 times. Also why do you take them off 1 week? I have been doing it also but right now it seems that she should have it a full month or 2 to get her shed out. Any suggestions. Now just to come up with the money to reorder.... just took 2 of 6 cats to the vet for their rabies and regular vac's and check up's. One needs $300 dental surgery... which I can't afford right now so we're watching him and going to start brushing his teeth which could be fun...