“NONI” or “Indian Mulberry”, the fruit of the Morinda Citrifolia tree, is actually a species of the coffee family ——- and like coffee ——– it is a stimulator, but not in the way you would imagine. Native to South-East Asia and Australasia, the NONI fruit has been particularly well revered in Hawaii, where it is part of many traditional medicinal remedies.
The NONI plant is a source of antioxidants, vitamin C and potassium. Every part of the shrub —— from leaves to roots —— has been used to treat a variety of ailments. Many of the medicinal benefits though, are largely attributed to the fact that the NONI plant is a source of “phytonutrients”, which have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial compounds known to boost the immune system, as well as repair cellular damage.
In India, ancient ayurvedic texts mention NONI or ASHYUKA (in Sanskrit), as a remedy to stimulate “internal cleansing” by treating parasitic infections of the stomach and asthma, as well as an “external remedy” to treat joint pains and for skin ailments and as an anti-ageing solution. Traditional healers in the Pacific Islands have been using NONI for centuries as a general wellness tonic, to cure almost any ailment.
The potato-sized NONI fruit itself is not pleasant in taste and does give off a slightly strong odour, so it is more commonly taken in the form of juice. For those who don’t have access to the fresh fruit, juices are available in bottles. However, as the juice is quite bitter, producers will often sweeten it, so it is always advisable to check the quantity of sugar added in the ingredients, before purchasing. The beneficial properties decrease with added sugar and processing.
THE HEALING POWERS OF NONI
(a) Fruit Juice : When used externally, it works on head lice, when you drink it, it helps with diabetes, high BP, headaches, stomach ailments, gastric ulcers, circulation problems, lowers cholesterol, in fevers, cough & cold, arthritis, poor digestion and weight loss. It is even considered to be an excellent treatment for senility and depression.
(b) NONI TEA : Made from the leaves, NONI tea contains antioxidants and works as an anti-ageing treatment. It also works as a cure for diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, food poisoning and intestinal worms. The preparation of the tea, however, is unlike the juice and has higher sugar content ——— so can actually be harmful for diabetics and those with liver problems.
(c) NONI LEAVES : Wrapping NONI leaves around affected areas can cure arthritis, sore & swollen joints, headaches and stomach aches A mixture of raw fruit and leaves is a cure for skin infections such as boils and bruising. In the Polynesian Islands, root preparations were used to heal sting-ray and jellyfish wounds . The bark was also traditionally used as an aid for mothers giving birth.
However, since NONI is a stimulant, it does cleanse the body in order to heal it. This means that one has a weak liver or kidney, IT IS ADVISABLE TO REFRAIN FROM TAKING NONI INTERNALLY. This also applies to those taking blood-thinning medications or ant-water retention pills.
Last, and the most important warning : PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT TAKE NONI.