The plant has many medicinal virtues. Its leaves are cooling and antibilious. Pulp o the ripe fruit is beneficial in the treatment of bilious vomiting, flatulence and indigestion. It is also useful for constipation. Tamarind pulp, being rich in vitamin C, is valuable in preventing and curing scurvy. Tamarind-pepper rasam, a clear soup is considered an effective home remedy for colds in South India. It is prepared by boiling a very dilute tamarind water in a teaspoon of hot ghee and half a teaspoon of black pepper powder for a few minutes. This steaming hot rasam has a flushing effect. The pulp of Tamarind fruit is useful in treating fevers. The Tamarind milk drink as suggested for fevers, is also very helpful in treating dysentery. The tender leaves of Tamarind tree are useful remedy for treating burns. Gargle of Tamarind water is beneficial in the treatment of sore throat.