The fruits of Daruharidra are juicy and has plenty of sugars and nutrients. Native people often eat the fruits of Daruharidra as a dessert. The water extract, roots, fruits and stem have proven medicinal values. The plant is a very good source of dye and tannin and is used in tanning leather or dyeing clothes. The roots of Daruharidra are also used in making alcoholic beverages, locally.
The herb is bitter and astringent in taste, dry, light to digest, pungent and has hot potency. It balances the kapha and pitta dosha in human body. The qualities and medicinal uses of Daruharidra are very similar to turmeric.