Vitex agnus castus and Some Female Disorders: A Review

DOI: 10.18805/ag.R-170    | Article Id: R-170 | Page : 209-214
Citation :- Vitex agnus castus and Some Female Disorders: A Review.Agricultural Reviews.2021.(42):209-214
Muna O. Alamoudi, Yousef F. Bakrshoom spss_2012@yahoo.com
Address : Biology Department, Faculty of Science, University of Hail PO Box 2240, Hai’l 81451, Saudi Arabia. 
Submitted Date : 26-08-2020
Accepted Date : 9-12-2020

Abstract

Vitex agnus castus L., is a deciduous tree which has been utilized in ancient Greece, Iran, Egypt and Rome for over 2500 years for a large variety of female reproductive system health difficulties. In Saudi Arabia, many women have menstrual cycle disturbances and menopausal dysfunction and many have polycystic ovary syndrome at young age. Using Vitex is not in Saudi tradition like other Arab countries. Recently, just few people used this herb for treating some infertility problems. A variety of beneficial effects of this curative herb have been reported in clinical studies, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic, anti-diabetic, hormonal modulatory, anti-nociceptive and opioidergic activities, preventing oxidative stress and nonalcoholic fat liver disease. Adverse effects of the plant are mild and reversible. The advantages of this herb as natural medicine attract the people and make it one of best choose and utilize widely in women disorders specially that related with menopauses. Its constituents could interact with dopaminergic antagonists and exhibited progesteronic and estrogenic activities. This brief review introduces this plant to Saudi society and others to expand it usage and discusses the potential effect of the plant to cure some of the women disorders displaying its main ingredients and the side effects.

Keywords

Amenorrhea Medicinal plant Menopause Vitex agnus-castus

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