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South African National Biodiversity Institute South African Medical Research Council University of the Western Cape
Preparations of the fruit are taken orally for the treatment of tuberculosis and other pulmonary infections. Leaf juice is applied to sores or burn/scald wounds and used as a styptic. Preparations of leaf juice, taken orally, are said to be diuretic and to relieve dysentery. Preparations of both leaf and fruit are taken internally to treat heart conditions and used as a mouthwash or gargle for sore throat and sores in the mouth.