It is an edible plant widely grown in the tropical hills and lowlands of Asia. It holds an esteemed position in the traditional medicine of many countries in Asia owing to its numerous medicinal benefits.
It is traditionally used to treat the following:
The seeds treat diarrhoea, indigestion and dysentery.
The powdered leaves and shoots reduce scarring.
A paste created from mashing the leaves remedies cuts and wounds.
The shoots treat diabetes and high blood pressure.
The roots also aid healing in women post- childbirth soothe arthritis pain.
The bark treats several types of skin diseases.
The roots and leaves lessen menstrual bleeding and enhances fertility.