Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

    Agnus castus

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    Vitex Agnus castus


    A shrub of the Vitex tribe, called agnos (chaste) by the Greeks, because the Athenian ladies, at the feast of Cers, used to strew their couches with vitex leaves, as a palladium of chastity. The monks, mistaking agnos (chaste) for agnus (a lamb), but knowing the use made of the plant, added castus to explain its character, making it chaste-lamb


    Traditional name

    English: Vitex, Chaste Tree, Chasteberry, Abraham's Balm or Monk's Pepper

    German: Mönchspfeffer, Keuschbaum, Keuschlamm

    Used parts

    Homeopathic preparation: Tincture from the ripe berries.


    N.O. Asteridae. Lamiales. Verbenaceae (Verbena or Vervain Family)


    Original proving

    Provings: Proved by Hahnemann [only male provers].

    Description of the substance

    (Vitex agnus-castus), aromatic shrub growing to 5 metres (about 16 feet) tall, bearing spikes of rose-lavender flowers. It belongs in the verbe (

    In warm climates this plant will form a large   shrub or small tree but where winters are cold it will die  back to the ground.  The foliage is grayish-green and the flowers are purple. (Ohio State University Plant Dictionary)

    Habitat: Shores of the Mediterranean, Provence, and Greece.
    Damp places by streams and on the littoral (
    Europe; France; Germany; India; Iraq; Italy; Kurdistan; Mediterranean; Sanscrit; Spain; Turkey; USA