- It is used traditionally in the treatment of liver fluke, dysentery, maggots, wounds and intestinal worms.
- It is used in the treatment of skin disorders and has anticancer activity.
- It’s roots have tonic, astringent, antidysenteric, antiseptic, and deobstruent properties.They are used in rheumatism.
- It has antimicrobial, anti fungal, hypotensive, analgesic, antimalarial, antioxidant, antileukemic and mutagenic functions.
- The plant is also claimed to relieve the symptoms of pruritus, burning and exudation from skin.
Rubia cordifolia is distributed throughout the lower hills of Indian Himalayas in the North and Western Ghats in the South, and Japan, Indonesia, Ceylon, Malay, Peninsula, Java and Tropical Africa in moist temperature and tropical forest, upto an altitude of 3500 m.