Malva verticillata seeds are used as a therapeutic medicine to treat kidney dysfunction in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM has suggested that herbal medicine tonifying kidney function may have beneficial effect on bone metabolism.
Malva verticillata seeds contain mucilage, polysaccharides and flavonoids. Mucilage is made up of complex carbohydrates which, along with flavonoids and anthocyanidins, give it its soothing activity. In herbal medicine it is considered a demulcent which aids in eliminating irritation and mild inflammation.