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Chasteberry to treat breast discomfort and premenstrual syndrome

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus), or monk’s pepper is an herbal medicine that may be effective in treatment of cyclical breast discomfort and premenstrual syndrome. This is the conclusion reached in a review published in American Family Physician.

On the other hand?

Its traditional use as a galactagogue (a substance that enhances breast milk production) is not well supported in the literature and should be discouraged.

There are no clinical data to support the use of chasteberry to reduce sexual desire, another traditional application.

Chasteberry is well tolerated; reported adverse effects are minor and may include gastrointestinal complaints, dizziness, and dry mouth.

Read the entire review here.

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10/15/06 22:10 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.