Part Used : Roots, Berries
Uses : Roots are diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant. The
root is used against bronchites, itch and for bodyaches, for asthma
and to cure wounds while the seeds are used to treat toothache.
The berries are injurious to children but are often eaten by adults
with impunity, especially when quite ripe as the poisonous principle
is chiefly associated with all green parts.
Medical use: It is applied in medicine similarly to bittersweet but
is more powerful and possesses greater narcotic properties.
The leaves are placed in the cradles of infants to promote sleep. It
is useful in cutaneous disorders. Their juice has been used for
ringworm, gout and earache and when mixed with vinegar, is
considered to be good for gargle and mouthwash.