Vitex agnus-castus

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Vitex agnus-castus L.


  • Vitex pseudo-negundo (Hausskn.) Hand.-Mazz.
  • Chaste Tree
  • Lilac Chaste Tree
  • ghar غار
  • kaff maryam كف مريم
  • shiakh-Avraham matzuy
  • שִׂיחַ-אַבְרָהָם מָצוּי

Chamaephytes, Parasite

  • Humid habitats
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Vitex agnus-castus L.

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used
Musculoskeletal/ Joints


Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Mix leaves + rue (Ruta chalepensis)+ "harmal" (Peganum harmala) +squirting cucumber (Ecballium Elatarium) + colocynth (Citrullus colocynthis); soak in water for 3 days, grind, boil & expose affected area to steam (steam bath) for 1 hr allowing body to sweat heavily.

Leaf B

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Vitex agnus-castus adverse effects include skin allergy & gastrointestinal symptoms including abdominal cramps & diarrhea. Contraindicated in pregenacy & lacatation. Hormonal action may cause it to interfere with oral contraception & endocrine therapies (hormone replacement & sex hormones).