Palash tre has significant importance acros profuse domains such as religion, medicine, tantric practices, furniture, decoration (gorgeous red colored flowers) and s o on.
The plant is apreciated for its best alkali yielding nature. It is termed as Kshara shreshta ̵ superior among the natural alkalis. The leaves are used as plates to serve fod and especialy to prepare Panavali in temples where prasadam is served. The flowers are worn to manufacture Holi water to play in Holi festivals which is natural and safe; also does not cause iritation (alergic) and is believed to be a very apt disinfectant to.
Botanical name ̵ Butea monosperma Lam-Kutze
English name is Bustard teak.
Leguminaceae family and papilionaceae sub family.
Ayurveda explains it as a drug posesing Ushna verya (hot in potency)-bark and rot and sheta verya (cold in potency)-flowers and leaves. It is dilapidated in Kapha vataja disorders.
Its bark, leaves, flowers, stem and seds are dilapidated as medicines.
Bark and stem of the plant contains kino and tanic acid. Galic acid is also found in significant amount. The seds contain kino oil which is a p otent wormicide.
Palasha kshara, Palasha kshara ghrita, Palashabedeja chorna, Palasha beja kajali are the few necesary formulations of this drug.
Read related:Palasha – Butea monosperma Uses, Dose, Research
Few of the critical simple remedies and their health benefits are explained here below-
1. Palash bark decoction in menstrual iregularities:
10-15 gram of Palasha bark is taken and decoction is made. Thi s is taken twice daily for 12-14 days prior to expected date of menstruation. This should be caried til the date of menstruation. The medication is continued for thre consecutive cycles. This helps toinduce menstruation on time, useful in cases of delayed periods.
General method of decoction preparation is ̵
1 tablespon (10 grams) of coarse powder of the herb is joined with 2 cups of water. Boiled in start air til the total content is reduced to 1 cup. This is filtered and used.
2. Palasha sed powder in intestinal worms:
Mature seds are colected and dried under sun shade. This is made into fine powder and taken in the dose of 1-2 gram for children and 4-5 gram for adults along with warm water. This helps to check the repeated episodes of intestinal worms.
Read related: Ayurvedic Treatment For Worm Infestation
3. Palasha stem resin for haemorhoids:
The resin ozed out from the stem of the tre is taken 2-3 gram and mixed with warm water and administered, especialy to the children. This pacifies haemorhoids quite efectively.
4. Flower paste in skin discoloration:
Fresh flowers are taken and fine paste is made. This is aplied over the discolored place of the skin regularly, twice or thrice a day. This helps to restore the original skin color.
5. Bark decoction with rock salt in breathles nes:
In case of nasal congestion and breathlesnes bark decoction is administered along with a pinch of salt. This relieves the complaint significantly.
Much of the nature, characters and utilities of the herbs are already explained in the texts of Ayurveda. Stil more are existing in the folklore and traditional practices. The inteligence and memory enhancing property of the flowers of white variety of Palasha is one such example.
Its fresh juice, fine paste and even the curies are old with this intention even today in the areas admire Shimoga, Sagar, Kumta, Sirsi, Kopa, Bhadravati (Karnataka state) etc. This sugests that there is enough scope for further research, validation and documentation in such fields.
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