Nirgundi or five leaved chaste tree is medicinal herb which is used in
preparation of many ayurvedic medicines. Nirgundi plant has analgesic , anti – inflammatory ,
anticonvulsant , antioxidant , bronchial relaxant & hepato protective activities.
Botanical Name : Vitex Negundo Linn
Family : Verbinaceae
Sanskrit Name : Nirgundi , Sindhuvara , Surasa Suvaha , Vanaja
English Name : Five , leaved chaste tree
Nirgundi or five leaved chaste tree is medicinal herb which is used in preparation of many ayurvedic medicines. Nirgundi plant has analgesic , anti – inflammatory , anticonvulsant , antioxidant , bronchial relaxant & hepato protective activities.
Leaves: 3 – 5 folio late , leaflets lance late
Height:4.5 – 5.5 metre
Parts Used : Leaf , roots & seeds
Ras : Katu
Guna : Laghu , Tikshna ( Penetrates very fast )
Virya : Ushna
Dosha: It pacifies kapha & vata. It also act as tridoshaghana.
muscle relaxant , pain relieving , anti –
mosquito , anti asthma
It can be used for both externally & internally in the form of powder , leaf juice or decoction.
Vishaghna – anti poisonous group of herb
Krimighna – anti worm group
Useful in skin diseases , eczema , ring worm
Relives muscle & arthritis related pain
Useful in spleen disorder
Improves hair quality
Useful in abdominal colic & anti spasmodic
Useful in cold & cough
Useful in running nose
Leaves are made to paste & heated mildly & applied on
forehead for :
Orchitis ( swelling of testicles )
Rheumatoid & Osteo arthritis
Water decoction is used for vaginal douche to relieve local inflammation
Mouth gargling to relieve throat pain & oral ulcers
Dry leaves are burnt & fumes , are inhaled to relieve headache & running nose.
Oil prepared with sesame oil used in wound healing & grey hairs.
Mahavat – Vidwamsaras