Kannada: Muthugada mara, Paalasha.
Malayalam: Palasin panatha.
English: Flame of the forest.
The Moduga poolu are used for making platters, cups and for wrapping food. Bark astringent, used in piles, tumours and menstrual disorders; gum called “Butea gum” febrifuge, used for backache, phthisis, haemorrhagic affections, ulcers, sore throat, eye troubles; gum and flower used in diarrhoea; gum, flower and leaf astringent; leaf used in boils, pimples, flatulence, worms, piles; leaf and flower tonic, aphrodisiac, diuretic; flower depurative, used in orchitis, swellings, dysmenorrhoea; seed laxative and a well-known anthelmintic agent; seeds pounded with lemon juice acts as a powerful rubefacient and used as a cure for a form of herpes called “Dhobies itch”; extract of seeds, flowers and leaves reputed to have contraceptive property. In Ayurveda bark, flower, seed and resin used for worm infection, gastritis, sprue, piles, gout, leprosy, anorexia, abdominal disorders and splenic disorders. Seeds are an ingredient of Ayurvedic preparations like “Palasha Beejadi Churna”, “Palash Beejadi Kshara”, “Krimihara Churna” and “Krimighatini Bati”, the major use of all these preparations being anthelminitc.