Noni is a small evergreen tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae that is native to India, Australia and Southeast Asia. Traditionally, noni was used as a clothing dye in Polynesia. Noni was also used as a natural medicine, home remedy, alternative medicine, naturopathic homeopathic medicine, and herbal dietary supplement. Historically, noni was prepared topically as a natural cure or home remedy to treat skin problems and pain in the joints.
Other names for noni include: Luoling, Canarywood, Hawaiian Noni, Cheese Fruit, Indian Mulberry, Hog Apple, Mengkudu, Mulberry, Nhau, Nono, Rotten Cheese Fruit, Wu Ning, Morindo citrifolia, dog dumpling, Kumudu, Pace, and Beach Mulberry.
Noni pulp is said to be high in vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, sodium, niacin (vitamin B3), and iron. It is also said to contain phytochemicals such as lignans, fatty acids, beta-sitosterol, flavonoids, alkaloids and iridoids.
Health Benefits of Noni
Traditionally, noni was used as a home remedy or natural medicine in Polynesia to treat menstrual problems, diabetes, irregular bowel movements, liver disease, and UTI.
In modern times, noni is used as a naturopathic medicine and alternative medicine to treat maladies such as: colic, fever, constipation, malarial fever, asthma, colds, and problems with the digestive system; as well as infections, stroke, and sedation. It has also been noted to have homeopathic medicinal value as a treatment for nausea, swelling, cataracts, ulcers, problems with the kidney, and as a painkiller.
The fruit of noni is sometimes made into a juice that is said to have health benefits as a natural medicine or home remedy for dysentery, rheumatic aches, and pain in the stomach region. In addition, noni is sometimes used topically to treat skin conditions such as burns, wounds, sores, abscesses, and as a smallpox salve. It is also used as a natural ant-aging cream (home remedy anti-aging cream) and moisturizer.
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