INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Viticis
Common English: Vitex Fruit
Chastetree Fruit
Three-leaf Chastetree Fruit
Herbs that Release the Exterior: Cool Acrid Hears that Release the Exterior (Wind-Heat Diaphoretics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Bitter
Acrid
Cool
Bladder
Liver
Stomach
6-12g
Maximum dosage: 30g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Disperses Wind and clears Heat

Wind-Heat with headache or eye pain

Dispels Wind-Heat in the Liver channel and clears and benefits the head and eyes

Liver Channel Wind-Heat with excessive tearing, red, painful or swollen eyes or spots in front of the eyes

Liver Yang Rising

Drains Dampness, expels Wind and relieves pain

Wind-Dampness in the limbs (auxiliary) with stiffness, numbness, cramping or heaviness

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Use caution with headaches or eye problems due to Yin or Blood Deficiency.
  • Use caution for those with Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiencies.
  • Use with caution for those with dizziness or headache due to Blood deficiency.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
  • Antagonizes Rx. Aconiti Wu Tou (family).
  • Antagonizes Gypsum Shi Gao.
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li

Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi

Headache mainly focused around the eyes and dizziness due to Wind-Heat.

Liver Fire Rising with red, sore eyes.

Headache and dizziness due to Wind-Heat with a stronger effect.

Eye disorders due to Wind-Heat Attacking the Liver channel.

Eye disease, tinnitus, dizziness, and deafness due to Deficiency.

Rx. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae
Qin Jiao

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae
Qin Jiao

Fr. Chaenomelis
Mu Gua

Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Wind-Damp headache, and generalized body, back and shoulder pain.

Pain and spasms of the extremities due to Wind-Dampness.

Soothes the Liver.

Rz. seu Rx. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo
Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis
Du Huo
Rz. Ligustici
Gao Ben

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Rx. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao

Hb. Menthae
Bo He
Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Superficial Wind-Dampness with a heavy and painful head and generalized heaviness.

Headache due to Wind-Heat.

Headache, facial swelling and pain due to Wind-Heat.

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie
Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li

Rz. seu Rx. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Four Substance Decoction
Si Wu Tang

Frontal or migraine headache.

Temporal headache due to Wind-Heat.

Headache from Internal Wind due to Blood Deficiency.

Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

 

Eye disorders due to Wind-Cold.

 

 

  1. If it is given to Qi Deficient patient, it creates paranoia and agoraphobia (bladder energy imbalanced).
  2. It has a similar effect as aspirin.
  3. Usually used for upper body pains.
  4. It is particularly for Wind-Heat in the face and eyes but also useful for stiff painful joints from Wind-Damp Bi.
  5. This herb can also be used for swollen,painful gums and teeth.
  6. It is said to treat some parasites.
  7. Besides treating Wind-Damp Bi, it also treats cold bulging disorders and leg Qi.
  8. Man Jing Zi and Rz. Gastrodiae Tian Ma both treat headaches. Man Jing Zi treats headaches due to Wind-Heat, while Tian Ma treats headaches due to Internal Liver Wind.
  9. Unprepared Vitex Fruit Sheng Man Jing Zi has a stronger dispersing action and is indicated for expelling Wind-Heat, dispersing Wind and stopping pain.
  10. Dry-fried Vitex Fruit Chao Man Jing Zi is less acrid and dispersing but is better at clearing the head and eyes. It is used to treat headaches around the eyes, watery eyes or blurred vision. This is the form that is generally used.