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The attractive shrub or tree Vitus agnus castus has been popular since ancient times and has gone by many names, such as Athenian tree or Abraham bush. The terms monk's pepper, chaste tree, chaste tree or lady's bed straw come from times when monks and nuns tried to preserve their chastity with the help of this plant. It is no coincidence that the Latin species name means chaste (castus) lamb (agnus). It was said that all parts of the plant were helpful as an "anti-aphrodisiac", the small drupes were also useful as a hot spice.
Today, chaste tree is an ornamental shrub and a recognized traditional medicinal plant, primarily for women.
The chaste tree fruit contains numerous plant substances, including fats containing linoleic acid and essential oils. The most interesting, however, are flavonoids and other phytochemicals, many of which owe their names to the plant. Some of these (Casticin, Isovitexin and others) together with linoleic acid seem to influence the interaction of progesterone, estrogen, prolactin and corpus luteum hormone. Study overviews
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