Baliospermum montanum is commonly known with the name of Danthi in India. The roots are described as purgative, anti-helmintic, and diuretic. The Ayurveda claims the usefulness of roots in the treatment of jaundice. Preliminary studies on roots of B. montanum showed significant hepatoprotective activity of total methanol extract against carbon tetrachloride induced hepato-toxicity. The powdered seeds are used as a drastic purgative. Externally, they are used as a stimultant and rubefacient.
Almost all the parts of Danti are of medicinal importance and used traditionally for the treatment of various ailments. The roots of the plant are considered as purgative, anti-helmintic, diuretic, diaphoretic, rubefacient, febrifuge and tonic. They are also reported to be useful in dropsy, constipation, jaundice, leprosy and skin diseases. The leaves are found to be beneficial in case of asthma and bronchitis. The seeds of the plant are drastic purgative, rubefacient, hydragogue and stimulant. The oil obtained from seed is a powerful hydragogue cathartic and is found useful for external application in rheumatism.
It has been documented that the seeds are used for the treatment of rheumatism, gout, and in gastric complaints. The seeds are also reported as purgative, stimulant, rubefacient, laxative, as antidote in snake bite, and in constipation. Leaves are used in the treatment of asthma, and in headache. Decoction of stem is used to get relief from toothache. The roots of the plant are practiced as laxative, in dropsy, jaundice, anasarca, anemia. They are also documented to be useful as an antiemetic.