Where to get AGNUS CASTUS

Prime Health Agnus CastusPrime Health Direct sell 20mg tablets for £14.99 (180 tablets). I have taken these for a number of years and found them to be effective. They are competitively priced, but often they run out of stock, so can be unreliable.

ACsupportWITHDRAWN Natural Health Practice  used to sell it as a food supplement of the whole herb (in capsule) 200mg called Agnus Castus Support, but the MHRA have recently banned them from doing so.

A. Vogel Tincture: I haven’t tried this, but others report success. The dosage does seems to be lower –A vogel

20 drops of A.Vogel Agnus castus tincture contains 54.2mg of dried fruit, or 542mg of extract (which is the fruit once it’s been macerated in a water/alcohol mix and extracted). So if you take a daily dose of 40 drops you get 108mg of dried fruit or 1,084mg of extract.

– but it is certainly an alternative to tablets/ capsules. The product has a lot of positive reviews.

All three companies I have linked to above spent time answering my questions and were more than happy to talk about their product and what the dosage actually means.

57 thoughts on “Where to get AGNUS CASTUS”

    1. I would be inclined to not use it because the advice is conflicting. One study says it will improve production, but other studies say the opposite. Google scholar may yield some further research, but you want at least a handful of studies 4 or 5 in agreement before deciding to take it. Just my opinion of course. Anyone else have any experience or advice?

  1. Just wanted to say thanks for all your info on Agnus Castus. Me and my wife are trying for a baby although unfortunately she has high FSH levels which are bad news. She has been reading books and has heard agnus castus can improve FSH levels, so im going to buy the prime health one now and give it a try.

  2. also, not sure if you have ever used iherb from the US, we regularly order our supplements from over them as the quality is very good and range of products is great. Only problem is if your order goes over £15 you usually get charged 20% vat on the total order price and a £8 parcelforce handling fee, but it usually still works out cheaper than UK. They have quite a range of agnus castus here:
    http://www.iherb.com/Chaste-Berry-Vitex

      1. Hi, I have just found your blog, and I have to say it’s great to hear I’m not on my own with the Angus castus victory, it’s truely brilliant for my perimenopause symtoms. I have been taking lindens 1000mg, but they no longer stock it much to my horror, so I have ordered from prime health, as you suggested, they are 20mg. Would you no how many to take to get the same mg as Lindens? Also I have the organic tincture but again I’m not sure on how many drops to use. Thanks again for your blog it is great reading 🙂

      2. Hi Jane, I don’t know what the Linden’s dosage means in relation to the standardised extract. However, research findings show that you need a minimum of 20mg and max 40mg to be effective. So 1 or 2 prime health direct tablets a day. I take one and it works great. Let me know how you get on.

  3. Hi Juliet! I live in Sweden and the only Agnus Castus available here is Lamberts Vitex Agnus-Castus 1000 mg (I have found one site that carries them, they are not sold anywhere else here, not even at a lower dosage).
    Ingredients per tablet: Vitex agnus-castus (provided by 100mg of a 10:1 extract) 1000mg. Tableted with: Calcium Carbonate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Acacia, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose, stearic Acid, Iron Oxides, Copper Chlorophyllin.
    I have found the same product at http://www.expresschemist.co.uk/product_1112_lamberts-vitex-agnus-castus-60-capsules.html
    Do you think this might be something worth trying?

  4. Hi, i’ve just found this site and wanted to share my experience with agnus castus and which one i’m taking. I’ve always suffered with dreadful pms and very painful, heavy periods; the latter seem to have been alleviated considerably since I had my daughter nearly 3 years ago. My pms, however, seemed to return over the first year after my daugher was born (the pain still very minor and considerably less bleeding than i used to experience – which was HEAVY). I started suffering bad mood swings/depression every month again for the last 10 days/2 weeks before my period. I did some research and came across agnus castus so started taking it about 6 months ago. I have found it has helped so much! I buy one from a local independent health shop in St Albans – the brand is Natures Aid and it is Agnus Castus 100mg. I take 1-2 a day, depending on the time of the month but I would be interested in your view Juliet as to whether I should just take 2 tablets a day ie. 200 mg? I was also concerned that I shouldnt be taking it continuously – could you possibly comment on that Juliet and let me know what you think? Thanks!

    1. As long as it is working, then dosage and how often you take them is up to you. I personally take them everyday, mainly because I would forget otherwise (and can’t find any evidence to suggest this a bad thing). It so great to hear of another woman who has found relief. Take care.

  5. Hi Juliet, i am so glad i come across ur page where to get angus castus and a good one. I have never writen or given reviews on anything but ..i just wanted to write to you to tell u that after reading your article i have now jist ordered mine frm the website u provided above. I have been suffering frm bad PmS and cant sleep.mood swings before period angry and emotional.i believe i have hormonal imblance but dr said my hormons arefine even though all my symptoms indicate i have hormonal imbalance…so after doing research on the web i decided to try this angus herb and also iv orderd magnesium and calcium apparently its good for hormons and sleeping issues. Thanks for all ur info and i will keep u posted.rahima

  6. Hi Juliet,

    I came across your blog while searching for information about agnus castus.
    I am 30 and I have been suffering from severe PMS for many years but only have been diagnosed as such 6 months ago…

    The past few years had their good and (mostly) bad days but the last year felt like a nightmare, the symptoms became more serious (palpitations, chest pain, extreme fatigue, horrible periods pain, depression, etc.) and I couldn’t get out of bed for almost 15 days a month.

    I felt so desperate (doctors never mentioned PMS…) I started doing my own research on internet and realized that what I was experiencing each month wasn’t normal and actually had a name.

    So I, myself, had to tell the doctor about PMS and he then sent me to a nutritionist who prescribed agnus castus. However, although some of my symptoms seem to have improved, the other symptoms remain after 3 months : depression, anxiety, bad sleeping, tears, (very) painful breast, painful periods, etc. And I realized that maybe something was wrong with the dosage…

    I am from France so I am not sure how to translate the list of ingredients provided on the box, (the website is only available in german french and italian), they only mention 20mg of agnus castus extract without specifications. From what I read on your blog about the EU legislation, I suppose they are not talking about 20mg standardised extract?..

    I have purchased AC in another brand and this one have an english ingredients list which I copy below :

    Description:
    Chasteberry, the fruit of the deciduous chaste tree, has been used throughout Mediterranean nations for thousands of years. Nature’s Plus Herbal Actives Chasteberry fruit extract is uniformly standardized to a minimum of 0.5% (750 mcg) agnuside and 0.6% (900 mcg) aucubin to guarantee that each and every capsule provides consistent potency and activity. Each Nature’s Plus Herbal Actives Chasteberry capsule, providing the greatest concentration of active botanical principles, maximizes the synergistic benefits of the whole fruit, which naturally contains aromatic oils, iridoid glycosides, monoterpenes (agnuside, aucubin and eurostosid) and flavonoids (casticin and vitexin).

    Ingredients:
    Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus fruit) : 150 mg

    Can you please give me some enlightenement on this? My English is not perfect so I am not sure whether I understood the information you gave on your blog as I should have.

    Thank you VERY much for your help and your work Juliet, you are probably saving thousands of women from the hell of PMS and other hormonal disorders.

    I hope to be able to translate some of your articles in French soon (if you agree to of course) so as to reach out to French speaking women.

    With love,

    Imane

    1. Hi Imane,

      Glad you have found my blog posts helpful 🙂 Looking at the tablets you have bought, the only part I can decipher is the 150mg, which suggests to me you are getting 15mg standardised extract. Research suggest the best dose is between 20-40mg (or 200mg – 400mg whole herb). Therefore I suggest you take a two a day, but you may want to start with one and see how things go. Please come back and share. And feel free to translate any of my posts (as long as you link to or reference the original, so the source can be checked). Take care.

  7. Thank you very much for your reply Juliet. I will have a go with one tablet a day and let you know how things go. 🙂 Might be the beginning of a new life… God willing

  8. Juliet, thank you for a great blog, it has assisted me no end in finding and effective dosage of Agnus Castus. I had taken the Kira one a day tablets for over 10 years and after a slow decline in my well being over the last year realised that the dosage was now different that previously. I have started taking the NHP Agnus Castus and wondered how many of these you take per day? I have been taking two but ended up with quite a bad upset stomach, I was going to reduce it to one a day and see how my bowels faired. I think one tablet should be fine as it contains 200mg of whole herb, but for peace of mind I wondered if anybody else just took the one capsule.

    Thanks
    Sarah

      1. Hello there, I’m sorry to add to this thread so late but I just wondered if you could set my mind at rest. I have ordered from Prime Health Direct (Agnus Castus – following the coverage on here). The payment has debited my account but I have not had any confirmation emails. When I try to contact them by phone or email there is no response. Is there website authentic or is this just normal for them ?
        Regards,

      2. Hi Leah, Prime Health direct are usually very good, but I have had one occasion where the product did not arrive (however my card wasn’t charged). I don’t always get a confirmation email either (not ideal) – they do answer their phone, but it is a small company so that maybe why.

  9. Hi Juliet. Thanks for your carefully researched and informative blog. I was very glad to have found it after many hours of looking into agnus castus!

    I am currently trying to regulate my cycles as we will be trying for baby no.2 later in the year. I have two questions: firstly, I was and am fairly certain that it’s ok to take agnus castus whilst trying to conceive; however, on the a Vogel website it advises not to take their tincture whilst trying to get pregnant?

    Secondly, some women take agnus castus for the whole cycle and some only up to ovulation. Do you have any information as to which is the best way to take?

    Many thanks in advance!

    Dani

    1. Hi Danielle, some women believe Agnus Castus helped them conceive – but I don’t know what the evidence base is. I personally take AC everyday and have noticed if I get lax with taking it my symptoms return. Some women only take it for second two weeks of cycle. The research I have read supports daily with no breaks, but there maybe research I haven’t read to support the alternative approach. Sorry to not give definitive answers, but hope I have helped.

  10. Hello Juliet,i just wanted to say how thankful i am to have come across your blog.I have only been using Agnus castus for around 3mths but i was already feeling the benefit from being on it.I needed to order some more tablets,which i usually buy off Amazon,and to find that they no longer had the tablets i used to buy sent me in a bit of a panic.Thats how i came across your page.I have now ordered some Agnus castus from Prime health direct,i am just keeping my fingers crossed they help me the same way the other tablets did.Regards Carol.

  11. Hi, your blog has been so informative. I am currently looking at purchasing lindens ac at 1000mg twice a day, via amazon. Am I right in thinking this Would this give me the correct recommended dosage of 20mg?

    1. Hi Danielle, I am often asked about this product, but I have never tried it myself. It talks about acubins, but I am unclear what that means. There are certainly worth trying and if they don’t have the THR logo on them. Let me know if they are effective.

  12. Hi, I use the lindens, 1000mg tablets and find them great and very cost effective. I am much more regular and my breast soreness and pre menstrual headaches are so much better. I will also say that the months I eat too much sugar and bread are also a factor as I get more symptoms when I eat too much of them. I’ve lost three and a half stone with slimming world and find their way of eating is great for hormonal problems and headaches. Worth considering your diet too.
    Great blog, thank you.

  13. Hi Julliet,
    What a great forum!
    I’ve been taking vitex for over a year with amazing effects- PMS reduced, improved moods even managed to get pregnant after 2 years of trying (but sadly miscarried). 3 months ago I restarted Vitex again but I’m not getting the same benefits and wondering I’m the dosing has changed (sadly I cant remember what I took before). This is what I think I took before- could you advised me if the doses seem ok for these two products? :
    1. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000GY76FC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage
    Standardised to provide 600mg of Aucubins.
    •Equivalent to 1000mg of Agnus Castus.
    •Standardised.

    2. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ERP5MM0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage.
    contains concentrated extract from 1000mg dried agnus castus berries and its standardasied to guarantee 600mcg aucubins

    Huge thanks!!!!
    Ania

    1. Hi Ania, I don’t know about the products you’ve linked to. What I would say is look for the THR logo – if it has it then the dosage can only be 4mg per tablet (40mg whole herb). Research trials show you need 20mg (2oomg) for it to be effective for PMS.

  14. I’m so glad to have come across this site. I had planned to go to H&B tomorrow and so glad I now won’t be wasting money on too low a dose. My PMS is ruining 2 weeks of my life and I dread ovulation to menstruation – effectively – half the month is a nightmare. Without a calendar, I would know exactly when I was ovulating, simply due to the sudden shift in my emotional state. My GP tried me on an SSRI antidepressant but these zoned me out and I came off them after 6 weeks. I’ve just ordered from Prime Health Direct and cannot wait for them to arrive! Thank you soooo much for this excellent info!

  15. I have suffered with terrible mood swings, which as I get older and into peri-menopause are getting so much worse. Some months my pms now lasts all month with me flipping from feeling fine to raging. It affects all areas of my life. Having read about Angus Castus online I came across your blog as I too was having trouble finding the right dosage (minefield comes to mind). So thank you so much for your insightful blogs. I have ordered from PHD and hope that my life will be changed for the better. I will come back and fill in your survey after three months. Poppy

    1. Hi Alice, you would need to find out if it is referring to standardised extract or not. you need 200mg whole herb (10:1) standardised extract of 20mg (dose found to be effective in research). 40 mg whole herb is equivalent to 4mg standardised. Hope that helps.

  16. Hi Juliet, last week I visited the gynaec at the Royal London Hospital to seek some advice/ treatment for the terrible cramps I get beginning from two weeks before my period starts (every two hours). And breast tenderness and almost unbearable mood swings (some days I feel I can’t cope with this anymore and just want to hide away somewhere far from this world). The gynaec consulted with the consultant and, you will be pleased to hear this, prescribed Agnus Castus along with evening primrose oil with Vit E. I was completely taken aback and tried to push her into giving me something stronger, an allopathic tablet (something that will work I thought in my mind) but she firmly insisted that I should try these for 3 – 6 months and if they don’t work then we can consider the allopathic route. Disappointed I returned home and started my research to understand what these herbs are about and will they actually make any difference. And some pages and clicks later I landed on your blog. Reading through your experience and all those who have contributed here I have started to feel really hopeful that Agnus Castus will be the answer for me too. I have ordered a bottle from Prime Direct as you have suggested and have already started taking evening primrose capsules from Holland & Barrett. My periods are due next week and the cramps have already begun. I know I have to give it a few months before I can start seeing any results. Fingers crossed.

    1. That is great news to hear specialists recommending AC. Dr Nick Panay’s guidelines for PMT maybe helping there. It is interesting they prescribed it, did they recommend the dosage you should take? Also was it a prescription (as in you went to chemist to collect it) or recommendation? Let me know how you get on 🙂

      1. I love the way you drill down to the details everywhere in your posts! 🙂
        They did not say anything about the dosage, it wasnt a prescription but a firm recommendation, the gynaec wrote out just the names of these two herbs on a piece of paper and said I can buy them from H&B and they will explain everything, the dosage and when/ how to take etc. She did add that many women have benefitted from using these.
        I am glad I landed on your blog first otherwise I would have surely bought the 4mg AC tablets. I asked at H&B about the evening primrose oil dosage as they stock them in 3 variations 500mg, 1000mg and 1300mg. But they didn’t offer any concrete advise so I just settled for the 1000mg one as they have a promotion going on with that one – just for a penny more you get another bottle.
        I noticed that none of you mentioned anything about evening primrose oil (I was asked to take one with Vit E). I presume you dont take it either. I wonder if it will help although my initial research seems to indicate that it does help with hormone regulation.

      2. Hi Kanchan, I haven’t looked into the research for Evening Primrose and Vit E so not sure of its effectiveness. I personally find Agnus Castus works without needing anything else – but of course other women may need to try different combinations.

  17. Hi Juliet, I am just done with my first cycle since starting on Agnus Castus and evening primrose oil. I started taking AC about 8-9 days before I started menstruating. My cramps and alll other discomforts always begin 2 weeks before my menstruation. As I started on AC the first signs I noticed was that I wasnt as bloated as I used to be and water retention around my ankles was also not as noticeable. But the best part of it all was that due to the reduced bloating my cramps became significantly less frequent!! Whew!! what a relief that has been! :-)) After ten long years of suffering with cramps every 2 hours of the day :-(. At nights as well I had just one or two cramps. My mood was less gloomy and I felt like I had a clearer head. Its not that I didnt have discomforts (still had mood swings, heaviness, a kind of nagging unpleasant feeling around the abdomena and lowe back) but considering what I have been through this was very bearable. Towards the end of the first day of my period I had severe contractions for an hour or so (and this has never happened before so couldn’t figure out what was going on) and all I could do then was to grab my stomach tightly and curl up and moan away. But thankfully that didnt happen again. I am very hopeful that the next cycles are only going to get better. 🙂
    I am sooo grateful to you for all the efforst you have put in for all our sakes in pushing for AC to be recommended by NHS.

  18. I found this blog yesterday and I was so happy to be reading some of the accounts of pms. I’ve ordered my first angus castus from primehealth and I hope it works for me as well.

    The bristol botanical gardens have tinctures, essentials oils, powders and seeds.
    Has anybody ordered from them. I’m assumming that will be more natural.

  19. Hi Juliet,

    What dosage of the Prime Direct brand do you need to take? Each tablet is 20mg so do you need to take 10 tablets to get the 200mg dose?

  20. Hi Juliet I have found your site as my 87 year old mother-in-law has been recommended Vitex Agnus Castus for the tremor she has. I know nothing about Agnus Castus and can only see it being used for menstrual issues. Could you advise at all on this? She also takes quite a few prescription medications for blood pressure etc, but my feeling after reading the previous articles is that it won’t interfere with any of these is this correct?
    Many thanks in advance. Jacquie

    1. Hi Jacquie, I don’t have the medical training to offer advice. However, a quick google search suggests there is some research on Agnus Castus for essential tremor and restless leg syndrome – although I am not sure how robust it is. One thing I noted was the optimal dose is 20-40mg standardised 0r 120mg-240mg whole herb, so if your mother does decide to try it, you need to check the dosage. There is a tab out the top of my page for places to buy it at the right dose (I have no relationship with these places nor do I benefit from (recommendations). Do come back and let me know if it helps your mum – if she decides to try it. Cheers.

  21. Hi there,

    I lost my earlier thread. I heard from Puritans pride the following:

    ”At this time we only the Vitex Chaste Tree item number 35 that contains 400 milligrams of Vitex Chastberry (Vitex Agnus-Castus) that you may wish to look into.’

    (I replied to e quite how it compares to standardized extract, got the below)

    ‘We do apologize as we do not carry a chasteberry extract or standardized extract the Chaste Tree item number 35 uses the whole fruit. Also at this time we do ship to the United Kingdom. I do apologize for any inconvenience. ‘

    I think this is therefore whole fruit at the recommended 200-400g or 20-40mg

    Is that correct?

    Thanks,
    Hannah

  22. Hi Juliet,

    Your blog is full of so much information and great comments from women who have had positive results that I have decided to try Agnus Castus after accidentally stumbling onto an article about it a week ago. My only concern is dosage. What would be a good dosage for someone starting out?

    I’ve read through many of your posts, and you’ve mentioned over and over 20mg. I’ve also read through the minefield of comments explaining different ways companies chart their dosages, it all seems confusing. I understand that there are two extraction methods, but when ‘shopping’ each bottle has a different mg and recommended use. Should I use their recommended used as an indicator as to the potency of their product and use that as a guide to their mg? e.g. “take 1-2 tablets 3-4 times a day” = the sketchy low 4mg switch and bait vs a brand touting “take 1 tablet once a day” = high quality minimum 20mg? I’m in Australia and not sure about our regulations but I was looking at this brand http://au.iherb.com/pr/Nature-s-Answer-Vitex-Agnus-Castus-Chastetree-Berry-90-Veggie-Caps/5191 that is a once a day dosage. My issue is it may just be double what you have stated as a minimum dose, would that be too higher a dose for someone starting this supplement? I have a hormonal imbalance resulting from (or in, who knows it’s a chicken or the egg scenario) PMDD.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    1. Hi Lili, If Australia doesn’t have a similar law to the EU regulating herbal medicines, then I would follow the recommended dosage and see how it goes. You could also email the company and ask them to clarify if 40mg is standardised or not.

  23. Juliet,

    Thank you so much for your prompt response. I’ll wait patiently then in the hope it will arrive.
    One other question, if I may… I have to take Levothyroxine as I have no thyroid at all. Do you know if Agnus Castus reacts with that. I’m unable to find anything on the subject.

    Leah

  24. Hi Juliette, I have just ordered the A.Vogel tincture, they talk about dried berries rather than whole herb and the ration seems to be the other way round. This is very confusing. Can you decipher how many drops I would need for the required dose of 20mg extract? If 20 drops is 542mg extract as per the bottle, why did you say that it is a lower dose. Sorry to be so confused. Thanks for your help

    1. This is what the company quoted on dosage: 20 drops of A.Vogel Agnus castus tincture contains 54.2mg of dried fruit, or 542mg of extract (which is the fruit once it’s been macerated in a water/alcohol mix and extracted). So if you take a daily dose of 40 drops you get 108mg of dried fruit or 1,084mg of extract.

      You would need around 80 drops to get approx 200mg of Agnus Castus, but I would start with the recommended 40 drops and see what effect it has. 20 drops is 54.2mg of AC, not 542mg (which also contains the liquid). Hope that helps.

      1. Thanks Juliet,

        What are your thoughts on taking the 40 drops in one dose rather than 20 drops twice a day?

      2. personally I would probably take it as one dose, only because i am likely to forget – but I would follow the recommended guidelines and see how it goes. Do come back and share your experience.

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