Latin name: Vitex negundo Linn. (Verbenaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Nirgundi, Sephali, Sambhalu
Five-Leaved Chaste Tree extracts have been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a rejuvenative tonic for promoting virility. In Unani, the seeds are recommended for controlling premature ejaculation. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India has documented the use of the leaf and the root to treat excessive vaginal discharge, edema, skin diseases, pruritus, helminthiasis, rheumatism and puerperal fever (Indian Medicinal Plants—An Illustrated Dictionary, C.P.Khare. 709. 2007).
The chemical constituents of Five-Leaved Chaste Tree are the monoterpenes, agnuside, eurostoside and aucubin. The flavonoids casticin, chrysosplenol and vitexin are also present in the herb. Chrysosplenol D has antihistamine and muscle relaxant properties and is a compound found in Five-Leaved Chaste Tree (Source: www.plantayurveda.com).
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Because of its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties, the plant is useful in treating sores and skin infections.
- Five-Leaved Chaste Tree relieves muscle aches and joint pains.
- The herb is effective in treating vaginal discharge.
- It also enhances the male lidibo.