Antipyretic, antibiotic, antihypertensive, cholesterol reducing aid, mild laxative
Externally: Germicide, antiparasitical
Internally: Gentle laxative
Seeds and leaves are used for skin diseases, and leprosy. Leaf decoctions (made
by adding 1 part leaves to 10 parts water) given in two ounce doses to children, removes fevers during teething.
The herb also eases skin itch and eruptions when it is given mixed with lime
The tender leaves are a
very nutritioous and tasty when cooked.
Used as a poultice, warmed leaves reduce gout, sciatica, and joint pains. Seeds are used as a substitute for tea and coffee.
Traditional Chinese Medicine:
This herb is especially good for conditions of the eyes. it will brighten them and relieve pain, congestion, itchiness, redness, or sensitivity to light when caused by wind-heat conditions. It can also be used when there is headache along with some of the above conditions in cases of liver yang rising. It is useful when there is either chronic or acute constipation accompanying liver yin deficiency. it has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure.