As an herbal medicine, the sap of the jathropa includes among its components an alkaloid called jatrophine which is believed to have anti-cancer properties. The leaves can also be used as a liniment to treat stomach ache and can also be used as a natural insect repellant. The roots of the jatropha are used as an anti-dote for snake bites. The bark from jatropha roots on the other hand can be used as treatment for sores while the decoction of the roots together with the leaves can be used to treat diarrhea.
Aside from the tuba-tuba’s medicinal properties, there are also other benefits that can be derived from this plant.
1) The oil extracted from the plant’s seeds, aside from being an alternative to fuel can also be used in the process of soap making.
2) Extract from the plant’s roots can be processed as yellow dye while the extract from its barks can be processed to produce blue dye.
3) The seeds can be pounded and used for tanning.
4) The plant itself can be used to prevent soil erosion.