Nirgundi is commonly known as Five leaved chaste tree. The plant have numerous medicinal properties and is used in alleviating many diseases. The Ayurveda Doctor in UAE, Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Nirgundi in conditions involving the vitiation of Kapha and Vata doshas as it alleviates these doshas. The herb is used to treat conditions like cough , epilepsy etc. Nirgundi is also used as antiparasitic , expectorant, diuretic etc as it contains Phytoconstituents like vanillic acid, luetolin etc.

General aspects and Geography

Botanical name : Vitex negundo         

Family :  Verbenaceae 

Habitat: Found through out India

Parts used

  • Root Leaves

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Krimighna varga (Insecticide )

Susruta Samhita – Surasadi gana

Pharmacological action

  • Antiparasitic 
  • Vermifuge 
  • Expectorant 
  • Febrifuge 

Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Sulahara (Reduces pain )
  • Visaghna (Antipoisonous )
  • Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
  • Kesya(Promotes hair growth )

Therapeutic indications

  • Cough (Kasa )- Ghee processed with juice of Nirgundi immediately alleviates Cough
  • Epilepsy (Apasmara )- Powder of Nirgundi is very efficacious in curing Epilepsy 


Powder (Churna) – 2 g

Juice (Swarasa)- 10 ml

Kwatha (Decoction )- 60 ml

Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor 

Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 


  • Nirgundi churnam 
  • Nirgundi taila
  • Nirgundyadi kwatha

Morphology :

A shrub with oblanceolate leaves. Inflorescence are dichasial cyme . Flowers are purple. Fruits are drupe.

Vernacular names of Nirgundi

English – Five leaved chaste tree

Hindi- Nirgandi

Malayalam – Indrani

Sanskrit -Nirgundi 


  • Suvaha
  • Sitasaha 
  • Sugandika 


Rasa- Katu (Acrid ) Tikta (Bitter)

Guna-  Laghu (Light)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid ) 

Virya- ushna (hot )

सिन्दुकः स्मृतिदस्तिक्तः कषायःकटुको लघुः

केश्योनेत्रहितो हन्ति शूलशोथाममारुतान्

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Guducyadi varga-shloka 114)

   Nirgundi alleviate Vata Kapha doshas because of its properties like hot potency and Acrid taste. Ayurvedatarian lead by the best Ayurveda Doctor in UAE and the world, Dr. Varun Ram Raj, uses the herb Nirgundi to treat numerous diseases including Cough and Epilepsy and also conducts researches on the herb to prepare new combinations of medicines to cure diseases effectively. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

  1. What are the uses of Nirgundi churna?

According to Ayurvedic textbooks, Nirgindi churna can be used to treat Apasmara(Epilepsy )

  1. What is the Dosage of Nirgundi churna?

          Nirgundi churna can be taken internally at a dose of 2 g  for an adult.


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