- It is used by the local people as folk medicines in treating throat infections and other inflammatory problems.
- The fruits are known for several medicinal uses like anthelmintic, antipyretic, laxative, anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic and aphrodisiac activities. The fruit paste is applied externally to the affected area for treating pimples and swellings.
- This plant is used against various diseases like cough, asthma, fever, heart disease, etc.
- Its root is an expectorant, used in Ayurvedic medicine for cough, asthma, and chest pain.
It is reported to occur in Ceylon and Malacca through South East Asia, Malaya, tropical Australia and Polynesia. Very commonly found throughout Indian plain from seashore to hills up to 1000 m high.