Vitex agnus-castus tree also called as chaste tree, chasteberry or monk’s pepper, is a shrub with long, finger-shaped leaves, bluish flowers and dark purple berries. It is native to the Mediterranean region and Central Asia. The shrub is globally distributed throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. It is widely cultivated in warm temperate and subtropical regions.
Vitex agnus-castus has been reported to be a female hormone regulator and a tonic for the nervous system. The extract of agnus castus fruit is effective in reducing hot flushes, irritability, sleep disturbances, depression, mood disorders, anger, headache, breast pain and bloating in menopausal women. It is also beneficial in certain aging problems such as oxidative stress, female sex hormone deficiency and an atrophic endometrium. It works as a natural therapeutic agent in the treatment of postmenopausal symptoms especially in those women who are contraindicated for hormonal therapy.
- Supports menopausal transitions
- Hormone regulator
Seeds contain hydrocarbons such as n-tritriacontane, nhentriacontane, n-pentatriacontane and nonacosane. Other constituents of the seeds include β- sitosterol, phydroxybenzoic acid and 5 oxyisophthalic acid.
Ayurveda Insight on Renuka
Renuka has katu, tikta rasa, katu vipaka, sheeta virya and laghu property. It is dipana, medhya, pachana, vishaghna, garbhapatana and mukhavaimalyakara in action. It alleviates Kapha and Vata doshas. It is useful in Daha, Dadru, Daurbalya, Gulma, Kasa, Kandu, Netraroga, Trishna and Klaibya.