Common Name: Vitex fruit, Chaste Tree fruit
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used : The fruit is gathered in summer, dried in the shade and baked until yellow or black.
Properties & Taste: Pungent, bitter and neutral
Meridians: Liver, stomach and urinary bladder.
Functions: 1. To disperse wind and clear heat;
2. To clear and benefit the head and eyes
1. Headache and unilateral headache due to invasion by exogenous wind and heat.
2. Wind-damp bi syndrome manifested as joint pain and cramping or heaviness of limbs.
Dosage: 6-12 g
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb should be used with caution for headaches or eye problems due to deficient yin or blood.
20 fresh seeds
Degree of difficulty in germination…..9/10 (1 is easy – 10 very difficult) Seasonal