Ayurvedic medicine uses it for its toning ability, helping those suffering from exhaustion and overwork. It helps to clarify the mind, strengthen the nerves and encourage restful sleep. It reduces kapha and vata. The berries are chewed in India to help with convalescence.
It is useful for helping with memory enhancement, as a neuroprotective, to increase red blood cell levels, to boost the immune function by increasing white blood cells, platelets and neutrophils counts.
It acts as an antibacterial against salmonella, staph and listeria, as well as having an activity comparable to antidepressant drugs.