Sorah provides many medicines that are
especially useful to Tongva women. The plant is often used for
menstrual symptoms and also after pregnancy. Tongva women treat irregular menses by drinking a decoction made from the roots of the plant.
Also, an infusion made of sorah leaves eases menstrual cramps.
After pregnancy, they drink tea made of the leaves to regain
Sorah can alleviate coughs by taking a decoction of
the roots, a decoction of the berries, or a tea made from the leaves.
If both coughs and sore throat are present, a mild tea made from the branches
helps. More general symptoms may also be relieved through the use of
sorah. Stomach gas is helped by taking a decoction of sorah roots. A poultice of the roots is
also applied to the
abdomen to alleviate pain when urinating. Chest pains are reduced by
drinking the tea made from the leaves. To reduce itching and
rashes, the Tongva take a decoction made from the bark.
Sorah is also consumed as a drink to quench
thirst. The berries are covered with a sour-sweet, sticky substance,
and when stirred in water they provide a refreshing drink. To
alleviate the thirst of a long journey, the Tongva roll sorah leaves into a wad and place it in the mouth when walking.