Ayurveda and Science

Palasha/पलाश/Butea monosperma/Bastard Teak


Hindi Name: Palasha
Sanskrit Name: Palasha
English Name: Bastard Teak
Latin Name: Butea monosperma Kuntze
A middle sized deciduous tree with brilliant orange-red flowers found in almost all parts of country. Seeds are used in Ayurveda for various formulations.

Butea Monosperma Medicinal Uses

Flowers of the Bastard Teak have been used in ancient India in beauty care and to maintain complexion and suppleness of skin. Seeds have been employed in the treatment of worm infestations. Experimental studies suggest that administration of seeds in roundworm infestations is an effective approach.

Chemical Composition

Flowers contain flavanoid glucosides- butrin, isobutrin, coreopsin, isocoreopsin and sulfurein.

Effect on

Seeds pacify kapha & vata and flowers pacify pitta & kapha.
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