What are the Medicinal Properties and Uses of Nirgundi?

Nirgundi is an evergreen medicinal herb used in Ayurveda which is native to India, Japan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. This is an herb which is loaded with many benefits which makes it useful in many diseases.  The use of Nirgundi is done externally and internally and is equally beneficial in both. It is a muscle relaxant, anti-anxiety, anti-asthma, and has few more important properties. Smoke from its leaves is used as a mosquito repellent. Nirgundi is used in the treatment of diseases that occur due to vitiation of Vata and Kapha Dosha.

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Its botanical name is Vitex negundo and belongs to family Verbenaceae.

What are the Medicinal Properties of Nirgundi?

Rasa (Taste): Tikta (Bitter) and Katu (Pungent)

Guna (Qualities): Rooksha (Dryness) and Laghu (Lightness)

Veerya (Potency): Ushna (Hot)

Vipaka: Katu (Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion)

Karma (Actions): Balances Vata and Kapha dosha

What is the Medicinal Uses of Nirgundi?

1. Arthritis

Nirgundi acts as an anti-inflammatory which reduces arthritis pain and increases the growth of new tissues and repairs the damaged tissues. This herb reduces the immune response and prevents from other related disorders like degradation of joints.

2. Acidity

This herb counteracts the effects of acid and neutralizes the acidic content in the stomach. It provides relief in diarrheal symptoms such as reduces frequency and urgency of bowel movements.

3. Asthma and Cough

In asthma, this herb acts as a bronchodilator that dilates the bronchioles, relaxes the muscles of the lungs and widens the airways.

In cough, it acts as a mucolytic agent that dissolves the thick mucus, suppresses it and reduces the cough reflex. It also provides relief in other symptoms such as chest pain, breathlessness, sweating, fever etc.

4. Boils and Pimples

Nirgundi acts as an antimicrobial that kills the growth of microbes that can cause infection and prevents the spread of infection. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory that reduces the inflammation in tissues. It unplugs the blocked hair follicles and also prevents the formation of new blockages and slows down the skin cells growth.

5. Kidney Disorders

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This herb acts as a pain reliever that reduces the pain as well as inflammation. It acts as a diuretic that increases the flow of urine and also relaxes the muscles of the bladder. It also provides relief in the symptoms of overactive bladder and reduces the episodes of urge incontinence. Its antibiotic property kills the bacteria and stops the growth of new bacteria. It provides relief in other symptoms related to urinary disorders such as kidney stones, burning micturition, etc.

6. Intestinal Parasites (worm Infestation):

This herb acts as an antibiotic that kills the microbes and inhibits the growth of new microbes in the intestines. It unblocks the obstruction and boosts the absorption of nutrients in the intestine. It provides relief in other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, weakness, indigestion, etc.

7. PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) Related Symptoms

Nirgundi acts as an anti-depressant that eases the symptoms of depressed mood and anxiety. This herb maintains the hormonal imbalance and provides relief in other symptoms such as fever, pain, and inflammation.

8. Gout

This herb acts as a uric acid reducer that reduces the production of uric acid in the body because uric acid accumulates in the joints which causes pain and inflammation in the affected areas. It relieves pain as well as inflammation in the joints and tissues.

9. Hair Tonic

Nirgundi acts as a hair tonic which prevents hair loss and stimulates the growth of new hairs. This herb provides nourishment to the hair follicles and maintains the blood circulation. Scalp and roots become healthy. It also provides relief in other symptoms such as graying of hairs, dry skin, itching, etc.

10. Orchitis

Nirgundi is an anti-inflammatory herb and also acts as an antibiotic that kills the bacteria. It manages the symptoms such as painful micturition and ejaculation, abnormal discharge, enlarged prostate and provides relief to the patient.

11. Pain in Ears and Muscles

This herb acts as a muscle relaxant that decreases the symptoms related to muscular dystrophies such as difficulty in standing and walking, trouble in climbing upstairs, walking on the toes, or balls of the feet etc.  It also relieves the problems related to ears such as spinning sensation, earache, loss of hearing, feeling of fullness in the ears and other infections.

12. Piles

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Nirgundi acts as a pain killer and also soothes the redness and swelling around the anus. This herb acts as an anesthetic that blocks the pain and works on it by narrowing the blood vessels of the affected area.

13. Rheumatism

Rheumatism is a disease that affects the joints. Nirgundi plays a role in controlling the progression and symptoms of arthritis. It boosts the immune system and prevents the body from infection. It also acts as a muscle relaxer which relaxes the muscle spasms and soothes them. It also treats other mechanical disorders like degradation of joints that includes the articular cartilage. It relieves other symptoms such as loss of appetite, redness, dry mouth, etc.

14. Skin Diseases

Nirgundi acts as a blood purifier which removes the waste products or toxins from the body. This herb acts as an anti-microbial that kills the microorganisms and prevents the growth of infection. It reduces itching, dryness and removes oil from the skin. It also acts as an antioxidant that inhibits the oxidation process and prevents the damage of cells caused by free radicals

15. Venom

Nirgundi acts as an antitoxin that removes the toxins and prevents the damage of healthy cells and muscles of the body.

16. Wounds

This herb decreases the risk of infection and promotes the wound healing process by inhibiting the enzymes. It also removes dirt and debris from a fresh wound and provides relief to the patient.

Planet Ayurveda is Offering Nirgundi oil and Nirgundi Powder

Nirgundi oil is prepared from leaves of nirgundi and extract of other effective herbs such as Haridra, kalihari, and Manjistha.

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Benefits

  • Nirgundi oil is useful in treating menstrual difficulties and respiratory problems.
  • This oil is useful in treating pain and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, tonsillitis etc.
  • It is useful to treat various skin ailments such as leprosy, leucoderma etc.

Usage

This oil is only for external use. Apply this on the affected area with the cotton swab, twice or thrice daily.

Nirgundi Powder

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This herbal formulation is prepared from nirgundi (Vitex nirgundo) herb. This herb contains flavonoids, vitexin, and casticin.

Benefits

  • Nirgundi powder normalizes the menstrual cycle.
  • This powder has an analgesic and anti-inflammatory property.
  • It improves the appetite, digestion, and blood circulation process.
  • It cures chronic rhinitis, deafness typhoid, and malarial fever.
  • It is useful in treating menstrual disorders such as anuria, dysuria etc.

Dosage

Consume half to one teaspoonful of this powder with plain water after meals, twice a day.

Side Effects

There are no side effects of these medications. But slight care should be taken in consumption of prescribed dosage.

Advantages of Using Nirgundi Powder and Nirgundi Oil offered by Planet Ayurveda

  • Pure and best herbs are used.
  • These formulations are 100% natural
  • No coloration
  • Testing is not done on animals
  • Planet Ayurveda is offering these products at a very reasonable and competitive price.
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Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.