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The healing power of Noni or Indian mulberry

  1. When Papuans are ill, they eat the noni fruit, among other things. Noni has proven in modern scientific research to be a multi-purpose medicinal herb, although the fruit has not been fully researched due to its late discovery; here is still unexplored territory. Like the Papuans, the Maori consider the noni to be 'Mother of all Medicinal Plants'. The noni fruit is very bitter; that characterizes many medicinal herbs.

Naming noni

  1. In Latin, this plant is called Morinda Citrifolia

Where does noni grow?

  1. Noni is native to the tropical coastal regions of India, Sri Lanka and Southwest Asia. It also grows in New Guinea and on many Polynesian islands of the Pacific or Pacific Ocean. It is a tropical tree that is nowadays cultivated to make a sap that has healing properties against a wide variety of diseases. In the western world it is an expensive juice and the fruit with its white flesh is hardly ever found in the west. It is grown on small-scale plantations in the Cook Islands

Active ingredients noni

  1. The fruit of the Indian mulberry tree is mainly used for medicinal reasons. Both the ripe and unripe fruit are used. The root, leaves and bark are used a lot less. The fruit contains the colloid proxeronine. It also contains enzymes, alkaloids, coumarin, anthraquinones, polysaccharides, the vitamins from the B complex and vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, phytosterols, ursulic acid, caproic acid, caprylic acid, serotonin precursors, glycosides, alizarin, soranjidiol, chloradiorubine, 18 kinds of amino acids, pectin and the minerals iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, zinc, selenium, copper, sulfur, molybdenum, manganese

Noni and a pure heart

  1. Some studies have been done on the effect on the heart of noni. These are very promising but more studies need to be done. It is characteristic that current scientific research that indicates the medicinal aspects for the heart come from Pakistan. Apparently there is not much enthusiasm in Western countries for strong indications that cardiovascular disease

Noni and the maintenance of the digestive organs

  1. Besides the fact that noni is good against all kinds of inflammation and is healing for the respiratory tract, head and heart, it is medicinal against diseases related to digestion. Indian mulberry aids digestion, improves stomach function, reduces excessive gastric juice production has an astringent or astringent effect on the mucous membranes and has anti-bacterial properties against salmonella typhi, shigella and escherichia, among others. Anthraquinones stimulate bile secretion, xeronine increases the frequency and strength of the stomach movements and caprylic acid, together with caproic acid, ensures better intestinal function while these phytonutrients

Consult the herbalist

  1. Those who want to use noni as a medicinal product are advised to take a consultation with a herbalist. Noni extracts and medicines in the form of mother tinctures, powders, nebulisate, liquid extract and capsules should only be taken on prescription by authorized persons. A doctor or herbalist can inform you about this, as well as about any side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. All medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst's Large Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is used in herbal medicine.

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