Chastetree Fruit (Manjingzi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Fructus Viticis|
|Botanical Name:||Vitex trifolia L. var. simplicifolia cham.
Vitex trifolia L.
|Common Name:||Vitex fruit, Chastetree fruit|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The fruit is gathered in summer, dried in the shade and baked until yellow or black.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent, bitter and neutral|
|Meridian:||Liver, stomach, and urinary bladder.|
|Functions:||To disperse wind and clear heat
To clear and benefit the head and eyes.
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Headache and unilateral headache due to invasion by exogenous wind and heat.
*Use 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.
*Use with 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.
*Use with Ledebouriella root (Fangfeng), Large-leaf gentian root (Qinjiao) and Chaenomeles fruit (Mugua).
|Cautions:||This herb should be used with caution for headaches or eye problems due to deficiency yin or blood.|