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THERAPEUTIC USES OF VITEX NIGUNDO

Uzma Bano Azhar Jabeen*, Asrar Ahmed, M. Akhtar Siddiqui

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Vitex negundo is a well-known medicinal herb that is used in Indian System of Medicine. It is commonly known as Five-Leaved Chaste Tree or Monk`s pepper. In India it is known as punjgusht, Nirgundu, Sambhalu or sephali. The Vitex negundo extracts have been used in Unani system of medicine as anti-inflammatory, expectorant, tranquilizer, antispasmodic, anti convalesant, rejuvenative, antiarthritic, anthelminthic, anti-fungal and antipyretic. In Unani, the seeds are recommended for controlling premature ejaculation and also enhance the male lidibo. Vitex negundo relieves muscle aches and joint pains. The Ayurvedic and Unani Pharmacopoeia of India has documented the use of the leaf, seed and the root to treat excessive vaginal discharge, edema, skin diseases, pruritus, helminthiasis, rheumatism and puerperal fever. Vitex negundo is also used as a constituent in many herbal preparations. Chrysosplenol D has antihistamine and muscle relaxant properties and is a compound found in Five-Leaved Chaste Tree.

Keywords: Vitex negundo, punjgush, Sambhalu, Unani, Muhallil, Qabiz, antiinflammatory.


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