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Nirgundi Health Benefits, Uses And Its Side Effects

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Nirgundi Health Benefits, Uses And Its Side Effects

Nirgundi also known as the five-leaved chaste tree is used popularly in Ayurveda, Unani, Sidhdha, Homeopathy and Allopathy to treat a number of ailments. It is effective in treating headaches, venereal diseases such as syphilis, rheumatism, sprains, fever, cough, urinary problems, boils and various other ailments.

Nirgundi oil is an effective analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal and appetiser among many other attributes that benefit us to stay healthy and recover from various illness.


Nirgundi ras is a common ingredient in various healing sciences. Indigenous to India nirgundi is an evergreen tree that is now also found growing in Bangladesh, China, Sri Lanka, Japan and Phillipines.

The ancient Romans named it the five-leaved chaste tree as it worked to reduce sexual urges and hence got linked to chastity and loyalty. The wives of the Roman soldiers used to spread the leaves of this plant on their bed for this reason when their husbands were away.

Nirgundi oil extracted from the leaves, fruit as well as the roots of the nirgundi tree are used for a range of health benefits. The scientific name of nirgundi is Vitex negundo.

Nutritional Value of Nirgundi

Health Benefits of Nirgundi

Health Benefits of Nirgundi
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Nirgundi

Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory of Nirgundi Oil

Nirgundi oil works well to provide relief from pain. It reduces pain and inflammation of the muscles and the joints caused due to injury as well as internal ailments. Nirgundi ras works well to heal fractures too. Ulcers can treated by consuming nirgundi products as well.

Nirgundi Herbal Medicine Helps In Fertility

Fertility is a major concern for many women. It not only limits a person’s health and bodily functions but also her emotions and her social conditions. It has been seen that consuming nirgundi oil has improved the fertility levels in many women and helped them conceive.

Nirgundi Helps In Treating Skin Diseases

A range of skin diseases can be treated using nirgundi leaves oil. Vitiligo, leuchoderma and leprosy are treated using thus plant and its products.

Nirgundi Oil to Control PMS

Women often experience severe emotional, mental and physical turmoil in the days before they start menstruating. Symptoms of PMS such as anxiety, depression and fluid retention can be dealt more smoothly with nirgundi. On a regular consumption a person may also heal completely and not have any further symptoms of PMS.

Nirgundi Helps in Digestion

Nirgundi ras is an excellent remedy for digestive disorders. It helps to strengthen and improve the functioning of the digestive system. It reduces gas formation and increases appetite. Nirgundi plant extracts acts effectively in stomach pain caused due to problems in digestion and swelling of the belly for the formation of gas. It cleanses the digestive system.

Ease Respiratory System

Using nirgundi plant as an herbal tea helps decongest the respiratory tract by removing phlegm from it. This helps open passages for air to pass improving the ventilation and normalises the breathing.

This attribute of nirgundi makes it a favoured ingredient in Ayurvedic products which targets respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia.

Nirgundi Treats Menopausal Symptoms

Menopause is a physically and emotionally disturbing phase for a lot of women. The body undergoes a significant change after a certain age and a woman stops menstruating. This change occurs due to the change in the hormonal balance in a woman’s body.

Nirgundi promotes progesterone secretion and hence aids in the transition process and prevents its side effects such as mood swings, vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

Anti-acne Properties of Nirgundi Oil

Acne is a serious concern for a lot of people. Pimples break out at any time and not only are they ugly but also painful. PMS causes acne and pimples in a lot of women. It has been seen that nirgundi has a healing effect on acne caused due to hormonal changes.

Use Nirgundi to Heals Wounds

The anti-bacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory property of nirgundi leaves oil makes it an excellent ingredient for healing wounds. It prevents the wounds from getting infected and also helps avoid bad smell. It helps reduce pain and inflammation in the affected area.

Uses of Nirgundi

Nirgundi is an extremely beneficial plant. It not only has medicinal benefits but also various others uses like keeping its dried leaves in between clothes that are stored for a long period of time prevents insects from damaging them, also burning the leaves of this plant works as an extremely effective mosquito repellent.

The leaves of nirgundi are used as bio pesticides and insecticides. The chemicals used to ward away pests and insects are bad for the environmental as well as human health and it is always better to use natural alternatives to these.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Nirgundi

Nirgundi has a string of side effects and problems attached to its consumption, especially in women. Its ability to regulate hormone secretions makes it a bad option for pregnant women. It interferes with oral contraceptives and may reduce its efficacy.

Nirgundi alters the functioning of the heart and should be taken under medical supervision if a person suffers from any heart ailments. There might be alterations in the menstrual flow and might also trigger allergies. It has also been seen that lactating women have faced alteration in the amount of milk production. Though it has a controversy around the nature of the change it is definite that a change does take place.

The common side effects of consuming nirgundi are dry mouth, headache, nausea, stomach upset, tachycardia and urticaria. These effects have been seen to be mild, reversible and occur in a small number of cases.

Popular Questions & Answers

Does nirgundi helps in hair growth, can we boil nirgundi in coconut oil and apply to scalp and hair for hair growth.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Zirakpur
Nirgundi has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and anti-catarrhal properties. It is an effective muscle relaxant, helps treat skin disorders, improves digestion, controls menstrual cycle and also helps treat anxiety, asthma and insect bites....

Hi I am 27 suffering from knee pain is there any natural way to cure it. The problem is in a way that I can't even use steps to climb and can't was so far distance.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD(Ayurveda)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Guwahati
Dear lybrate-user, it may be due to osteoarthritis. Take osteolife nutra 1 tab twice daily and apply fomentation of nirgundi, eranda leaves. Consult an Ayurvedic doctor and take janu vasti.
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Hello I have big acne on my face it become red and very painful. Give me some remedies so I can get rid of it.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), PGDHHM
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Apply a paste of Neem, Turmeric and Nirgundi leaves in sandalwood paste and rose water. Alternatively try Aclear face wash and Aclear cream.
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What is best way to get a clear skin? I am having lots of pimple scars on my face.Please suggest me something for that.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), PGDHHM
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Apply a paste of neem leaves over a pimple. Eat fresh avoid spicy oily foods. Stop Sugar. Amla juice is a good source of vitamin C which can help repair and healing of scars. A paste of sandalwood turmeric and nirgundi leaves works well in new acn...
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Dear sir I have skin infection on my neck, may be fungal infection since 2 years.

Hi lybrate-user, Fungus grows in warm and moist environment, suggestive of poor sanitation and/or excessive sweating. Nirgundi tailam local application may reduce the infection, internally chandraprabha vati will correct the derangement. Most impo...
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