Five-leaved chaste tree

Five-leaved chaste treeSanskrit name: Nirgundi
Botanical name: Vitex negundo
Habitat: It is native to Southeast Asia.


  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter, astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances Vata and Kapha, increases Pitta

General information

The Sanskrit word Nirgundi means protects the body from diseases. It possesses antibacterial, antiinflammatory and analgesic properties. It improves blood circulation and digestive system. Oil extracted from this is used in treating skin related allergies and infections. Nirgundi oil also used for aromatherapy as it is mentioned as one of the Rasayna in Ayurveda.

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