- It has anti-microbial, anti- oxidant, cytotoxic properties, anti-ulcerogenic, and hepato-protective activities.
- It is utilized for several ailments that are responsible for infant mortality especially feverish convulsions, eye diseases, hydrophobia and chronic skin ailments.
- It is a potential herbal alternative that acts as an anti-cancer agent.
- Leaves are used for rheumatic and gouty joints, skin diseases, also used in the treatment of tuberculosis, nausea and nervous disorders.
- The decoction and juice of the berries is useful in cough, diarrohea, inflammations and skin diseases.
Solanum nigrum is native to Eurasia and introduced in the Americas, Australasia, and South Africa. In India, the berries are casually grown and eaten, but not cultivated for commercial use. In South India, the leaves and berries are routinely consumed as food. Although not very popular across much of its growing region, the fruit and dish are common in Tamil Nad, Kerala, southern Andhra Pradesh, and southern Karnataka.