The species is widely used in traditional medicine. It is used as an antacid, countering indigestion, a galactagogue, and as a tonic and appetite stimulant. Infusions of the root are used against anorexia and bilharzia. It is used as therapy for fits in children and stress in adults. The roots are employed as an aphrodisiac, for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and impotence. Infusions of the roots are taken as a general analgesic. also known as Mondia whitei, Mulondo, African ginger, or simply as mondia.