Vitex agnus-castus

Vitex agnus-castus L.


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

Chamaephytes, Parasite

  • Humid habitats
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Vitex agnus-castus L.

Activity / Interpretation Traditional

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.


The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

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).