Chaste mud

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 22.07.2021

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Agni casti fructus; Chaste tree (engl.); Gasping sludge; Liebfrauenbettstraw; Monk's pepper; Pungent Mud Tree; Tanis

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The chaste tree, also known as monk's pepper or Vitex agnus-castus L., is a hemp-like, 3-5 m tall shrub of the genus Vitex (about 250 species are known) in the labiates family and the subfamily Viticoideae, which is widespread mainly in the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor. Characteristic are the large, palmately divided, cross-opposite leaves and the sweet-smelling lilac flowers. Flowering time is September/October.

The 4-seeded chaste fruits are similar in colour and size to black pepper, see also the name monk's pepper, and are used above all for gynaecological complaints (was regarded as an anti-aphrodiasic in the Middle Ages).

Phytotherapeutically, the dried fruits (monk's pepper fruits - Agni casti fructus) are used.

General information
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Vitex agnus-castus is the parent plant of v. Agni casti fructus the ripe dried fruits (HAB1).

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Agni castus fructus; Monk's pepper;