It is very well known for its ethnopharmacological activities. Fruits of the plant have a milk-coagulating characteristic. The fruits are sweet and are reported to be sedative, emetic, alterative and diuretic. They are useful in chronic disorders of liver. The fruits are also used in dyspepsia, flatulent coli and other intestinal infections. They are employed for treatment of asthma, biliousness and strangury. In some parts of the Indian sub-continent, the berries are used as a blood purifier. The twigs are chewed for cleaning teeth and the smoke of the plant is inhaled for relief of toothache.