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A MULTIFACETED FIVE LEAVE CHASTE TREE (VITEX NEGUNDO) – A REVIEW

Dr. Anamika Tuli*, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Tiwari, Dr. Bhawana Mittal, Dr. Manisha Dikshit and Dr. Ved Bhushan Sharma

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In Ayurveda, nirgundi has been used as a medicine since ancient times. It is taken in a variety of ways, both internally and externally. The whole plant, leaves, leaf oil, roots, fruits, and seeds are administered in the treatment of specific disorders. Owing to wide range of medicinal properties, Nirgundi is very useful herb. It is used for its medicinal values for thousands of years by the people all over the globe. The folklore healers use the plant for various ailments. As per Ayurvedic system of medicine, its Rasa is Katu, Tikta and Kashaya and it pacifies Vata and Shleshma. Its property is Laghu and Veerya is Sheetoshna and is used in the treatment of various disorders like Pleeha rog, Gulma, Krimi, Kushtha, Vrana, and Aruchi. True to its meaning in Sanskrit (that which keeps the body free from all diseases), it is used to treat a plethora of ailments, ranging from headache to migraine, from skin infections to wounds, and swelling, asthmatic pains, male and female sexual and reproductive problems. Review of the available literature showed that it possesses various pharmacological activities like cardiotonic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antihistaminic, anti-cancerous, anxiolytic, anti-asthmatic, hepatoprotective etc. All these properties have been authenticated by various experimental and clinical studies.

Keywords: Nirgundi, Ayurveda, disorders, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective.


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