Q. I am writing to you from Freiburg, Germany, because I cannot find any information about chaste tree berry here. Your Web site states that this herb may have antiandrogenic effects that could help reduce an overactive libido.
What dose would help reduce sex drive? I’m very unhappy with my strong libido because I feel aroused very often during the day in the wrong moments.
A. Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree berry) is prescribed in Germany to relieve symptoms of PMS and menstrual problems. The English name “chaste tree” implies that herbalists noticed an impact on sexual desire. The berries were also called “monk’s pepper” because they were said to help monks maintain celibacy.
There is no clinical data to verify that this herb will decrease sexual desire. The doses that women use to treat menstrual irregularities range from 20 mg to 100 mg daily, depending upon the formulation.

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    My husband has been prescribe diovan and hctz for his blood pressure 3 months ago and it has started affecting his sex drive and neither he nor I is happy about it. What can we do naturally about it? He doesn’t want to stop taking his meds but we need an alternative.
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: PLEASE TALK WITH HIS DOCTOR. IT MAY BE THAT ANOTHER MEDICINE BESIDES HCTZ WOULD NOT CAUSE THIS PROBLEM, BUT HE MUST BE UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION FOR ANY CHANGES.

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