Kwahoshali is used by the Tongva in the
treatment of various ailments. Kwahoshali effectively treats skin
problems. The Tongva make a wash from this plant to treat burns. A poultice from the roots and the flowers
relieves running sores. The same poultice also treats swollen
In Tongva tradition, the bark of the plant and the boiled
flowers are helpful in treating kidney problems.
Finally, the Tongva collect kwahoshali branches and hang them in sweat
houses to comfort a person suffering from profound grief.