Vitex agnus castus essential oil and menopausal balance: a research update [Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery 8 (2003) 148-154]

Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 2003 Aug;9(3):157-60. doi: 10.1016/S1353-6117(03)00020-9.


The first trial of two essential oils (derived separately from leaf and fruit) of Vitex agnus castus for menopausal balance was conducted in the summer of 2000 by the author. Surveys completed by the 23 participants in that trial indicated strong symptomatic relief of common menopausal symptoms.(2) This research update details the result of the second round of trials, which were conducted in the summer of 2002 with 52 additional subjects under the supervision of 12 diverse health practitioners. The second trial appears to support the finding of the first trial, as well as identifying some important contraindications to use of the essential oil.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menopause / drug effects*
  • Menopause / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Phytotherapy / methods*
  • Plant Oils / therapeutic use*
  • Self Care / methods
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vitex*


  • Plant Oils