The Sjambok pod tree is one of the most wanted trees by local traditional healers for its potential medicinal uses. The roots are used to treat bilharzias, black-water fever, toothache and severe abdominal pain. Smoke from a burning twig is inhaled to cure headache. Barks (grounded into powder) eaten with soft porridge are explained to be effective in treating stomach complains. The Shangaan believe that the bark has magical properties and they cook their meat with it to ensure success in hunting.
About 50 seeds have successfully germinated. Seedlings at the height between 500cm and 1m will be donated to Wits Rural Facility – Agincourt branch in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga Province, and they will then distribute to traditional healers.