Medicinal Values of Butea monosperma: A review
Asmit Neupane, Pratikshya Aryal

Butea monosperma, commonly known as ‘Palash’ and ‘Flame of the Forest’, is medium sized deciduous tree widely distributed in South-east Asia. It encompasses both conventional and scientific importance as it has high medicinal, religious, economical, aesthetic and ornamental values. It is widely used in cure of many diseases and ailments in homeopathy, Unani and ayurveda. The purpose of this review is to compile information on botany and therapeutic usefulness of B. monosperma. This manuscript is entirely dependent on secondary sources of information. Fifty-one published articles were retrieved from various internet portals, and all of the data was collected, processed, and presented in a clear and concise manner in this descriptive form. Several plant parts, including as the stem, bark, leaves, flowers, pods, and seeds, have therapeutic and medicinal effects. Antiinflammatory, anti-hepatoprotective, anti-helminthic, anti-tumor, anti-ulcer, and wound-healing qualities are among its many benefits. More work is needed on the therapeutic potential of this tree.

Keywords: Palash, Ethnomedicine, Flame of forest, Anti-helminthic, Anti-ulcer, Anti-inflammatory