It has irritant effect on skin and mucosal membrane. It is popularly used in the treatment of Vitiligo (White spots on the skin) where it acts by stimulating action on melanine (Color pigments in the skin). In skin diseases it is used both externally and internally. It has digestive properties, relieves flatulence and act as an anthelmintic agent. It is especially effective in Round worm infestation. It is also used in chronic fevers and post disease debility due to its nourishing action. Oil is applied on ulcers and wounds due to its anti-microbial and healing properties.