Where Amalaki is famous for its richness in Vitamin C but in the same Nirgundi; Vitex negundo is the richest source of stable Vitamin C. This richness in Vitamin C makes the Nirgundi one of the best anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic (not by killing the cells…but by increasing the immunity of the body). Nirgundi is a drug of choice for problems where inflammation ha occurred like- pharyngitis, tonsillitis, endometrosis and even orchitis.
Nirgundi is a useful herb for proper hair growth and their maintenance, it should be used internally in powder or capsule form. English Name:- Three or five leaved chaste.
Effect on Doshas: Vatakaphashamak, hence it is used in the disorders caused by vata and kapha.
Nirgundi is best analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial.
Nirgundi is used for cleaning and healing wounds
Nirgundi is also used as a hair tonic
Nirgundi leaves after heated are tied over the affected part in headache, scrotal swelling, arthritic pain.
Decoction prepared form Nirgundi leave powder is used for tub bath in endometritis, colitis and orchitis, in these conditions it reduces the obstruction of blood and amakapha, increases perspiration, reduces oedema and also relieves pain.
Gargles with decoction of Nirgundi leaves powder are useful in pharyngitis, stomatitis, difficulty in deglutition and inflammation.
Nirgundi is an analgesic, brain tonic and alleviates vata, therefore useful in headache, sciatica, rheumatic arthritis, synovitis, improves memory.
Nirgundi improves appetite and digestion. It is useful in loss of appetite, anorexia, ama-dosha, hepatitis and is anthelmintic.
Nirgundi improves blood circulation process.
Nirgundi improves ventilation therefore used in Kapha dominant cough, asthma, pneumonia and pleurisy.
Nirgundi useful in dysuria and anuria. In gonorrheal infection it helps in passing urine smoothly.
Nirgundi improves menstrual flow therefore used in dysmenorrhoea and obstetric conditios.
Nirgundi is used as a anupan or a main drug in typhoid and malaria fever.
Nirgundi is stimulated every part of the body, therefore it acts as a rasayan in body.
Best Recommended Uses
Nirgundi is the herb of choice to improve immunity of body as it is the richest source of stable vitamin C.
Doses and Useful Parts
Roots, leaves and seeds are the useful parts of Nirgundi
The recommended dose is 3-6 gm for roots powder and same (i.e. 3-6gm) for seeds powder and leaves powder.