Whole plant: Plant is boiled, and the water drunk as an anti-astmatic or to treat tuberculosis, by the Guyana Patamona. Smoke from this plant is used as an insect repellant, by the Guyana Patamona. Ground and brewed as a tea for diarrhoea; decoction used by men to build sexual stamina (aphrodisiac). Used to treat lining cold in NW Guyana. Stem and Leaf: Decoction of aerial parts is drunk to alleviate liver problems. Stem: Decoction of bark is used to treat menstrual problems and diarrhoea. Leaf: Macerated leaves are used an an emollient, by the Guyana Patamona. Leaves are boiled, and the water used for treating persistent sores, by the Guyana Patamona. In Guyana, leaves are used in a tea for cleansing the blood and a decoction is used as a remedy for thrush.