It is a common medicinal plant used for rheumatic pains by the Khasi and Jaintia tribes of Meghalaya . It is believed that the smell of the wood relieves children from many diseases. Leaves and roots are used by Manipuri tribes for skin diseases, cough, and dysentery .   The tribal natives of Arunachal Pradesh use the leaf juice mixed with garlic extract given in treating blood pressure or cooked leaf is taken for the same.   Among the Mizos , leaves are cooked as vegetable, and is always a special ingredient in preparing dog meat. Locally known as 'Phuihnam' is popularly used to control hypertension .  Like their Mizo brethren, the Kukis of Manipur, Assam, Nagaland and Myanmar also used the leaves as vegetables and is known as 'anphui' in their dialect. More often than not, is used extensively in the prepration of pork curry. It is a popular folk remedy for hypertension throughout north-eastern India.