Palasa


     Palasa is one of the most potent herbs used for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda and is commonly known as Bengal kino. It is found through out India. The plant is used to treat numerous diseases. The best Ayurveda Doctor in Europe, Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Palasa for the treatment of diseases caused by the vitiation of the doshas Vata and Kapha. The herb is used in conditions like Fever , Worms etc by Ayurvedatarian. Palasa contains Phytoconstituents like palasonin, butrin, sulphurein etc which aids in it’s anthelmintic and laxative actions.


General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Butea monosperma       

Family :  Papilionaceae 

Habitat: All over India


Parts used

  • Seed 


Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – not mentioned

Susruta Samhita – Rodhradi gana


Pharmacological action

  • Aphrodisiac 
  • Laxative 
  • Diuretic 
  • Tonic 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda


  • Sangrahi ( Constipative )
  • Krimighna(Antimicrobial )
  • Vrishya (Aphrodisiac)
  • Vishaghna (Reduces Poisoning)


Therapeutic indications

  • Worms (Krimi roga)- Juice of Palasa is taken daily to alleviate Krimi
  • Burning sensation(Daha)- Paste of leaves of Palasa, if applied in skin can alleviate burning sensation.

Dosage

Powder (Churna) – 5  g

Decoction (Kwatha)- 50 ml

Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor 

Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 


Formulations 

  • Palasa bija churna
  • Krimihara rasa
  • Krimighna rasa



Morphology :

An erect tree with irregular branches. Leaves are broadly obovate. Inflorescence is raceme. Flowers are orange. Fruits are pod.


Vernacular names of Palasa


English – Bengal kino

Hindi- Palas

Malayalam – Murukka maram

Sanskrit – Palasa 



Synonyms 


  • Kimsuka
  • Krimighna 
  • Vanaprasta



Rasapanchaka 


Rasa- Katu(Acrid) Tikta (Bitter)

Guna-  Laghu (light)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)

Virya-  Ushna (hot)


पलाशो दीपनो वृष्यः सरोष्णो व्रणगुल्मजित्  

भग्नसन्धानकृद् दोषग्रहण्यर्शः कृमीन् हरेत् ।।

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Haritakyadi varga-shloka 173)

Palasa is Vata Kapha alleviating because of it’s properties like acrid taste and hot potency. The herb is used to treat diseases caused by Vata and Kapha doshas like Worm infestation and Skin diseases etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by the best Ayurveda doctor Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Palasa for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha and Vata. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.





Frequently asked Questions


1)What are the uses of Palasa bija curna?

   Palasa bija curna is used effectively in worm infestation.

2)What is the scientific name of Palasa?

Botanical name of Palasa is Butea monosperma      


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