The Tongva use various parts of atuto’nar
for medicinal purposes. For respiratory ailments such as chest pain and
coughs, they drink a tea made from the leaves. They also use the
fruits to relieve coughs. A decoction made from berries and roots can also
be consumed for this purpose.
In the Tongva culture, a decoction made from
the roots of atuno’nar is viewed as helpful for irregular menses.
An infusion made from the leaves is taken to help relieve menstrual cramps.
Tongva women drink atuno'nar tea after giving birth to a child. To
relieve pain when urinating, the Tongva make a poultice from the same part
of the plant.
A decoction made from the bark of atuto’nar
is also useful in the treatment of skin problems including itching and rashes.