Uses of Butea monosperma (Lamk.) Taub.

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Note: The traditional knowledge examples given below are just an indicative/illustrative sample. Herbal practices similar to the ones given below may also have been received from other people from same/ different parts of the country.

Uses from NIF Database

Brush with twig for relief- Bhim Singh, Sivni, Madhya Pradesh


Apply the resin powder on the affected gums - Bhomabhai Damor, Banaskantha, Gujarat

Head lice

Apply the leaf juice on the scalp- P. D. Walikar, Bagalkot, Karnataka

Joint pain

Take the resin powder with milk- Devaram, Sirohi, Rajasthan

Whooping cough

Take the seed ash along with honey orally- R. Sundari, Dingdigul, Tamil Nadu


Tie poultice made from cooked lukewarm flowers over the abdomen-Madhav Rao Shankar Rao Patil, Jalgaon, Maharashtra

Cuts & wounds

Apply the bark juice topically- Dinesh Bediya, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Uses described in Literature

Bark is used as poultice for pimples52; bark juice is given orally to cure intestinal worms53. ‘Lukol’11 has a stimulatory action on the endometrium and improves uterine circulation. ‘Hair Loss Cream’40 improves tensile strength of hair and increases hair density. Ten patents have been found on its medicinal uses for bone disorders54, skin care55etc.