Chew a fresh bud of Akarkara, Within a few seconds, your mouth will start producing large amounts of saliva, followed by a very intense tingling and numbing effect. It disinfects and stimulates every inch of yours mouth. The plants have long been used in India for the treatment of gum and dental problems. The flowers and roots are the strongest part of the plant. Flowers and leaves are used by Ayurved Doctor (Vaid) to improve the immune system, improve digestion, help in hiccough & nausea.

The leaves of the Akarkara plant are edible as a vegetable and are either cooked or eaten raw However, they impart a slight itchy sensation to the mouth and sometimes cause numbness.

The flowers of this plant are also of great ornamental value for designing natural flower ornaments.