MedicinalConsidered to be a universal medicine by local people in the Philippines who give it the name 'makabuhai', which means 'to give life'
The plant is commonly prescribed as a decoction or in powder form in the treatment of fevers, stomach trouble, indigestion, and diarrhoea. It is the basis of a popular preparation, which is used as a cordial, a tonic, or an ingredient in cocktails
A preparation made with coconut oil is an effective cure for rheumatism and is also used in the treatment of flatulence in children
The stem is antimalarial, parasiticide, tonic and vulnerary
It is taken internally in the treatment of fevers
Taken externally, a decoction of the stem is considered an effective cure if used as a wash for tropical ulcers, external parasites, and is also an excellent vulnerary for itches, ordinary and cancerous wounds
An infusion of the stem is drunk in Malaysia and Indonesia as a vermifuge and of the whole plant to treat cholera; it is also used to treat diabetes mellitus