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English name: Bastard Peak
Hindi name: Dhak, Tesu
Sanskrit name: Kimsuka, Raktapuspaka
Latin name:Butea monosperma Kuntze Pennel

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.


Flowers of the Bastard Peak 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, fatty acid like palmitic, oleic, linoleic, linolenic, and steaic acids; palastrin, palasomine etc.


Effect on dosha

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

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