What is Vitex agnus castus?
Vitex agnus castus, also known as Chaste tree, is a small shrub with purple flowers that is native to Greece and Italy. Extracts of Vitex agnus castus are made from the plant’s fruit and may be used for the relief of premenstrual syndrome.
The history of Vitex agnus castus use
The peppery fruit of Vitex agnus castus has been used medicinally for at least two thousand years. Chaste tree, the plant’s common name, is derived from the traditional belief that it promoted chastity.1 Vitex agnus-castus berries were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to suppress sexual desire - and they were also used by monks in the Middle Ages for the same function.1
In the era of Hippocrates, Vitex agnus-castus was also used as a treatment for birth-related complications, including to restrict post-pregnancy bleeding.1 The Germans used Vitex agnus-castus during World War II to help stimulate breast milk production in women who were having trouble lactating due to stress.1
Today, Vitex agnus-castus is used primarily to help relieve pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms and other menstrual cycle irregularities.
The specific extract used by Flordis
The specific Vitex agnus castus extract used by Flordis is known as Ze 440. Ze 440 is manufactured in Switzerland under specific production methods. This individual and highly technical process helps ensure a consistent form and amount of Ze 440 is used in every formulation - meaning each final product will contain the same high quality active ingredient.
Natural medicines can vary considerably depending on how they are produced. Flordis believes it’s the science behind growing, harvesting and processing that delivers the true health benefits of natural medicine. That’s why in the making of a Flordis medicine, careful attention is applied to plant species and growing methods through to cultivation and harvest, using precise processes to help produce consistent crops. This is continued with extracting and manufacturing of specific ingredients following a series of strict controls to help deliver a consistent medicine from one batch to the next.
It is this specific medicine that is tested in clinical trials. And it’s the same medicine that you receive, which is one of the reasons you can feel good about its effectiveness. Flordis medicines follow processes where all of the steps involved in the growth and manufacture of the natural medicine are tightly controlled to reduce variability and to help ensure consistency.
The Vitex agnus-castus extract used by Flordis, Ze 440, has been very well researched and has demonstrated good results in clinical trials.