Helps some types of diabetes, as it has the ability to reduce/stabilize blood sugar levels; lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels; has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and fever-reducing properties. Useful for respiratory infections, especially coughs, colds, bronchitis, and pleurisy, as well as asthma. The juice can be used for insect stings, ringworm, and other skin diseases. Also used as ear drops for inner ear infections. The juice or powdered herb helps canker sores heal.