The inside of the baka tree houses a white sap sometimes used for Fijian medicinal purposes. When I interviewed the women in the village of Natokalau one woman told me that you can drop the white sap into your ear for an earache. Other women noted using parts of the baka tree for sicknesses or pain related to the womb during or after childbirth.
Everytime I saw a baka tree in Fiji I was overwhelmed with the desire to drop my bag and clamber up its lovely roots, and I did often. You can almost get lost weaving through the entanglement of branches. There were times when I felt like the baka tree would just swallow me up into the belly of Fiji.