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1. Vitex trifolia L. var. simplicifolia cham; 2. Vitex trifolia L.
Vitex fruit, Chastetree fruit
Source of Earliest Record
Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The fruit is gathered in summer, dried in the shade and baked until yellow or black.
Properties & Taste
Pungent, bitter and neutral
Liver, stomach and urinary bladder.
1. To disperse wind and clear heat; 2. To clear and benefit the head and eyes
Indications & Combinations
1. Headache and unilateral headache due to invasion by exogenous wind and heat. Chastetree fruit (Manjingzi) is used with Ledebouriella root (Fangfeng), Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua) and Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong).
2. Upper disturbance of liver-yang manifested as red, painful and swelling eyes, excessive tearing, dizziness and blurred vision. Chastetree fruit (Manjingzi) is used with Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua), Cicada slough (Chantui) and Tribulus fruit (Baijili).
3. Wind-damp bi syndrome manifested as joint pain and cramping or heaviness of limbs. Chastetree fruit (Manjingzi) is used with Ledebouriella root (Fangfeng), Large-leaf gentian root (Qinjiao) and Chaenomeles fruit (Mugua).
Cautions & Contraindications
This herb should be used with caution for headaches or eye problems due to deficient yin or blood.
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