The roots, fruits and the whole plant are used for medicinal purpose. Externally, the instillation of vyaghri taila into nostrils is effective in chronic sinusitis. Also, nasal administration of kantakari is beneficial in migraine, asthma and headache. The dried fruits are smoked in the form of cigarette and the smoke held up in the mouth cavity for some time ameliorates the dental infections. The fumigation of kantakari is helpful in piles. The paste applied on swollen and painful joints in arthritis, reduces the pain and swelling effectively.
Internally, kantakari is useful in vast range of diseases. In respiratory ailments like colds, asthma, sore throat, hoarseness of voice etc, it is a valuable drug. The decoction of the roots works well in cough, when given with honey. In colds and cough associated with bronchospasm, the decoction of kantakari, sunthi, guduci and pippali is used with great benefit. In fever kiratatikta, sunthi and kantakari roots decoction is salutary. The combination of kantakari, jiraka and amalaki powders given along with honey effectively alleviates the acute bronco spasm. The fruit is useful as an aphrodisiac in males and the seeds, in women for irregular menstruation and dysmenorrheal. The white flowered variety of kantakari (Laksmana) helps to promote conception in females. As the herb is a stimulant to the heart and is a blood purifier, it is extremely beneficial in the treatment of cardiac diseases associated with edema.