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If you’re an avid fan of home remedies, you might have heard of Noni. You may also have heard about its numerous health benefits, from treating flu and colds to claims that it can be used for broken bones and even cancer.
Noni, or Morinda citrifolia, is a small shrubby tree native to Asia, Australia, and Polynesia. The plant has white tubular flowers and an exotic-looking fruit in varying shades of yellow to greenish-white.
It goes by a lot of common names, including Indian mulberry, Morinda, Hag apple, and cheese fruit because of its characteristically cheesy odor.
The health benefits and efficacy of Noni
According to Drugs.com, all parts of the Noni plant are used to treat different kinds of illnesses in Samoa. It’s also frequently used in Hawaii. The efficacy of Noni against colds, flu, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression has been supported by studies.
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Biconi, a company that sells vegan and cruelty-free products made with natural ingredients, reported that Noni can also be used for treating skin conditions. Noni soap, which is made from Noni plant extracts, can reportedly be used for dry, irritated, and sensitive skin.
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However, there are claims that have yet to be proven in clinical trials, like using the bark for bacterial infections and stomach ailments, using the flowers for eye conditions like styes and conjunctivitis, using the fruit for broken bones and seizures, using its juice for cancer, using its dried leaves for pleurisy and arthritis, and the roots for oral ulcers and cancerous swelling.
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Noni hasn’t been studied much yet, so important information like contraindications, interactions, and side effects are yet to be identified. There are reports, however, that Noni can potentially cause liver damage.