Bark of the Aragvadha is extensively used by Ayurveda in India in the treatment of inflammatory swellings and as a cleaning agent for ulcers and wounds. It is believed to decrease purulent discharge and act as a local antiseptic. The fruits are also used as a laxative. Aragvadha is considered to maintain the balance of water content in the bowel mass to ensure smooth defecation.
Pods contain glucoside rhein and an anthraquinone, fistulic acid. Leaves contain glucosides which have been identified as senoside A & B. The stem bark contained tannins, lupeol, b-sitosterol and hexacosanol.