Also known as chasteberry
, vitex is an herbal supplement that is derived from a perennial plant. It was traditionally used by celibate monks to reduce sexual desire. However, it is used today for a number of medical uses. For example, people take vitex for the treatment of:
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Low breast milk supply.
Although it is a "natural" product, vitex can cause side effects, including upset stomach and diarrhea
. In addition, you may be more likely than others to experience problems with it if you have any of the following conditions:
If you have any of these conditions, make sure your healthcare provider has this information before you start taking vitex.
(For more information on this supplement, including how it works, click Vitex.)