It has strong purgative action hence commonly used in the diseases requiring strong purgation therapy. It brings watery stools and sometimes induces vomiting. Leaves are applied externally on localized swellings. Latex has strong caustic action popularly used to make Ksharsutra (Thread with coatings of caustic substances) which is used in treatment of fistula, piles. It has cough expectorant action. It is also used in some skin diseases externally for application and internally for purgation.