Many women have found relief from heavy periods and cramping, menopausal discomforts and weak periods by taking Chaste Tree berry. It's often taken with Red Raspberry leaf, which strengthens the uterus and also helps to balance out menstrual problems... Sourced from: The Lowdown - Chaste Tree
Some years ago, Sparky was diagnosed with Cushing's disease, and Elizabeth didn't want to put her on Pergolide. Instead, she looked for an alternative treatment and found it: Chaste Tree berries. She feeds it not only to her mare, Sparky, but also to her other mares that don't have Cushing's. Find out why in this detailed first-hand account: Chaste Tree Berry - What is it and why do I feed it to my horses?
Vitex agnus castus or chaste tree is found in Asia and the Mediterranean. It is a native of India and China. It belongs to a genus of sub-tropical and tropical flowering plants. Chaste tree belongs to the Vervain Family which tends to attract insects. It typically is seen as a large shrub and even grows into a small flowering tree and would blend well in the landscape of a modern suburban community. The flowers come in a variety of colors, including mauve, light pink, off-white and pale-lilac which bloom in full from May to September. The plant grows best when there is plenty of sunshine and thrives in soils that drain well.
"Vitex" comes from the Latin "vieo" referring to the use of the plant in basket weaving. Its more popular name, "chaste tree" is a reference to the belief that this plant can depress libido. Vitex is also known by agnus castus, chasteberry, lilac chaste tree, hemp tree, Indian spice, and sage tree. In some areas it is called Monk's pepper or Abraham's balm.
The chaste tree has aromatic leaves but the part of the plant with great medicinal value is the dried fruit or berry. There was a belief in medieval times that the berries of this plant is the source of a potent potion that help monks maintain their sacred vow of chastity, hence the name, "Monk's Pepper." Aside from this, Vitex is historically a folk remedy mainly for relief of post-partum hemorrhage or to help with the afterbirth. And so for 2500 years since the time of Hippocrates, Vitex has been used primarily for treatment of gynecological conditions
In practice, it has been used extensively for its medicinal properties that extend to both the female glandular system and on the secretion of male hormones as well. In certain traditional herbal classifications, chaste tree berries are classified as anaphrodisiacs, the primary use of which is to "lessen the urges of the flesh." Other classifications identify it as an aphrodisiac. It has been eventually found out the chaste tree or Vitex is actually an agent that restores balance to the body. A number of modern studies have already confirmed the effect of chaste berry that traditional healers have known for hundreds of years.
Vitex: A woman's friend
Women who suffer from the pain and discomfort of PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) and various other feminine issues may find the relief that they are seeking with Vitex. This alternative relief provides respite from uterine cramping, headaches, and tenderness of the breast that accompany menstruation. Vitex is also ideal for the abatement of heavy menstruation and in the resumption of absent menses. Acne that occurs in relation to the menstrual cycle may also be controlled.
The effects of chaste tree berries are not due to hormones because it does not contain any. However, the plant can increase the secretion of the female hormone progesterone via its effect on LH or luteinizing hormone that is secreted by the pituitary gland in the midbrain. The amazing ability of chaste tree to restore the delicate balance of the female reproductive system has been attributed to its effects on the production of progesterone.
Vitex can also increase prolactin hormone levels. Vitex is also a potent agent in promoting female fertility, relieving menopausal symptoms, and managing fibrocystic diseases.
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.
November 17, 2011 at 9:59 am
If you are giving this to your horse, I asume he has foundered or has developed cushings. In either case, NO other 'snacks' should be given. Alfalfa free hay, soaked beet pulp and chaste tree berry is all he will ever need. Beet pulp is available at most feed stores and is a guaranteed analysis, soak 2 cups over night, put 1/3 tsp chaste tree berry powder in it in the morning and mix it up. If still no luck, put a tiny bit of Equine Senior in it too. I have a very picky eater and he gobles this up!
January 25, 2012 at 12:00 am
Dose for horses... I used a rounded scooper for mine, about 2 tablespoons worth over her sweet feed 2x a day. My mare was 17hh and about 1500 pounds (so skinny we could not keep weight on her in her old age) I gave mine to an old mare (32!) for two years at the vets last ditch effort to keep her going. Her hooves improved and her coat improved and she was able to put weight on.
November 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Hi, I have a 23 yo Arab mare (have had her since she was 8 mo old). I've had her on Chasteberry for the past year and the improvements I've seen are amazing. She is 14.2 hands and weighs 800-850 lbs. Her weight used to be 750 before when I was using Pergolide. She was lethargic/depressed, no energy, couldn't keep weight on, etc.
Basically, her changes were minimal with the Pergolide. Plus, FDA disapproved Pergolide last November for a perscription alternative that I wasn't willing to put her on.
I started doing some research and found Chasteberry (Vitex) had amazing results. So, I have had her on it for almost a year. The most telling was that she shed out normally in the spring. Plus, she was so alert and perky. She acts like she's 5 instead of 23. Also, the farrier made a comment that her feet look better.
I give her a level tsp a day. I don't know what that comes to in ml but it seems to work for her. I plan on having some bloodwork done to see how she looks internally.
Just as a sidenote I also give her a couple of Tbs of coconut oil daily. This helps with coat, any stomach issues, etc. She is quite a happy girl.
Posted by Patti on 8th Jul 2014
My 25 year old Appaloosa shed out his coat better than he ever has this summer. Almost five years ago, my vet and I suspected that he might have the appearance of early Cushings. I have given him a tbsp. of chaste tree berry (I grind the whole berries in a cheap coffee grinder)in the morning and again in the evening on top of his low starch feed (no molasses) ever since. He gets timothy hay only, or a very light timothy alfalfa mix, and Omega Grande Complete as a general supplement. He looks amazing, runs around with his 4 year old pasture mate, is a perfect weight, and I will continue to give him the chaste tree berry!
Posted by Gale on 10th May 2014
I've been using chaste tree berries for my 29 yr old gelding for the past 4 yrz to treat his Cushing with great success. It has helped him shed out. Last winter I needed to increase his dose up to 1 tbls 2x day as his weight kept dropping. My vet also suggested to feed him Timothy/alfalfa hay pellets. The weight came back. He is looking great this spring.
Posted by Betsy on 5th Jan 2014
I got my info from a rescue site. They use the Chaste Tree berry Powder year round on all their Cushings horses, including geldings. They do not claim to be doctors nor do I. They swear by the results and I know Pergolide can have bad side effects. the amount they prescribe is 1 tsp. two x a day, a heaping one for larger horses. they feed it for 3 weeks on and a week off so they don't build immunity. My horse had Cushings and Lymes, she has only been on the powder about a month, and was also on Doxy for the Lymes, but she isn't cranky like she was which was unlike her...I feed the powder, don't want to grind and put it in her senior and she never slows down. spring will be interesting but i hear lots of good reports and natural is always better! blessings to you and your 22 yr. old baby, my paint is 26!
Posted by Cheryl Infantino on 10th Nov 2013
I give my mare MSM for inflammation (she's 22 yrs old). She doesn't like the taste of that. So I mix the chaste tree berry and MSM in a little dish with some apple sauce and water then put the mixture in a syringe. I can't think of any other way. If your mare gets tired of the applesauce, you can always try some watered down molasses. Horses really like that too.
Posted by Ricky on 2nd Nov 2013
I had the problem of finding a way to get my mare to take the chaste berry. If you are treating for cushings or IR, you should NOT be allowing any sugar or simple carbs into the diet.
What we did was soak 5-6 alfalfa cubes until they break apart really nice and almost make a mash. Then, we mix in the chaste berry powder.
Posted by Tabatha on 14th Oct 2013
I bought this to try on a mare that I have that has painful heat cycles. Her first couple of days of heat are the worst; she will colic from the pain. The chaste tree berry has not stopped the pain, but so far it seems to be regulating her cycle. She has been on it now for a little over two months. I am giving her 1 TBSP twice a day. I have recently started her on Black Cohosh root to see if that will help with the pain.
Posted by cindy on 13th Oct 2013
I have used it for the past 4 months for Hank, my Belgian gelding. The web article I had found on its use suggests 1Tablespoon of powder 2x a day. I guess that it tastes good, Hank eats it up! The article also suggests on 3 weeks & off one week.
Although Hank (age 23) does not have all of the symptoms of cushings, he has shown some signs of it with weight loss & less energy. The chaste tree berry has helped him overall.
Posted by K Kirby on 13th Oct 2013
I have been using Chaste Tree for over 18 months for a Cushings pony and it has made a drastic improvement in his mental state. He is bright and alert - not a cure, but a fantastic natural way to help him mentally and physically. We have also used it in horses that are hard to handle or even aggressive behaviors from some mental imbalance - not as a result of abuse or mishandling - and it has resulted in calming the horse and improving temperament. Both uses have taken up to 180 days to see a result with a does of 2 tsp per day for an average horse!
Posted by Katherine White on 12th Oct 2013
We're using ground chaste tree berries for our pony as well (Miniature horse/Hackney pony cross). She tested negative for Cushings and insulin resistance, but still tends to have weight gain in areas typical of Cushings (over the shoulders, over and behind the eyes, etc.). We give her 1 tsp. of ground berries twice a day with her starch free feed, 3 weeks on and 1 week off. From what I understand the week off is important for mares. Much as it is a source of occasional distress, we ladies need that hormonal ebb and flow. Interestingly, when my daughter stopped grinding the berries and gave them whole, the pony's symptoms came right back and she gained considerable weight before I found out what was going on (about 2 weeks). This was with no change in the amount of food she took in.
Ground chaste tree berries (we use a coffee bean grinder) are an efficient, cost-effective treatment that I'd recommend for anyone with a "too easy keeper." I don't think you'll find fresher or less expensive berries than are available from More Than Alive.
Posted by Lisa Hauri on 11th Oct 2013
I also put my mare on Chaste Tree and grind it the same way. I read about it on a rescue site and thought I'd look for myself and found MoreThanAlive! Just started about 2 or 3 months ago and I am having great results too. I also give it to my gelding and they are both way more happy/mellow and looking really good - healthy. I live in San Diego and they are both almost completely shed out and lookin' fine.
I was so happy with this website that I decided to also put both horses on Rosemary, black walnut (for worms), Pau D'Arco, Stevia, Garlic, vinegar, cinnamon - and a few others occasionally. I am really thrilled with how these herbs have helped our family. This is a wonderful company and I feel really blessed to have come across it in my search for answers about my insulin resistant and cushing horses.
Thank you Vlad and Joy and Beeyoutiful, I have become a customer for life. Blessings to you.
Posted by Laura on 11th Oct 2013
I bought this product for my horse who has Cushing's symptoms. I grind it in a coffee grinder and mix it with her senior feed. Since starting her on this last Summer she started shedding out completely for the first time since I have had her in 4 years. This spring she has shed out sooner than my gelding. Overall her health has improved dramatically, she's happier, more energy overall feeling great. I will keep her on this permanently. thank you.
Posted by Kim Walker on 29th Sep 2013
The berries are easy to grind to produce powder. The customer service associate recommended this and it worked well for me to give to my horse for PPID.
Posted by Sharon Parham, Miami OK on 20th Sep 2013
I have been using chaste berries since 2009 for my cushings/insulin resistant mini. She also receives pergolide, but needs assistance with shedding. The chase berries do a great job.
Posted by Beverly Jordan on 9th May 2013
Have been using ground vitex on my 20 year old gelding for almost two weeks. He loves the taste, has started shedding and and has so much energy and zest. Wish we were showing.
Posted by Just Joan on 25th Mar 2013
The chasteberries (vitex) arrived very fast, packaging excellent and berries smelled very fresh. I grind them up and feed 1 tsp per horse 2X daily. On the berries for a little over one week.
My horses literally whinnie for it. They love it. For my gelding and suspected Cushings disease and my mare for being a marish mare. Here's praying I can keep him off the medicine. He is also IR and being treated for hypothyroidism.
Posted by Unknown on 10th Mar 2013
Love this stuff for my horse. He is doing well on it.