The Amazing Noni Plant –
plant for sale
With all the hype and talk
about this plant the past few months I thought I would address some of the myths
and facts about this plant. Regardless if you believe this is a cure all fruit
or a hoax, the plant and fruit itself is amazing.
Some of the basic common
names for this fruit are: noni fruit, Indian mulberry, Morinda, hog apple, meng
koedoe, mora de la India, ruibarbo caribe, wild pine
The Scientific or Medical
name is: Morinda citrifolia
First, let preface this entry with the
following statement. There is no scientific evidence that noni juice is
effective in preventing or treating cancer or any other disease in humans.
Although animal and laboratory studies have shown some positive effects, human
studies are just getting started.
Research is also going on to isolate various
compounds found in the noni plant so that further testing can be done to find
out if they may be useful in humans. Proponents claim that the noni fruit and
its juice can be used to treat cancer, diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol,
high blood pressure, HIV, rheumatism, psoriasis, allergies, infection, and
inflammation. Some believe that the fruit can relieve sinus infections,
menstrual cramps, arthritis, ulcers, sprains, injuries, depression, senility,
poor digestion, atherosclerosis, addiction, colds, flu, and headaches. It is
further claimed that the juice can heal scratches on the cornea of the eye.
There is no scientific evidence to support these claims.
In saying this, many
countries have been using this plant for centuries for holistic treatments and
cures. In India, proponents use noni as a remedy for asthma and dysentery, and
folk healers in the Pacific islands use it for many types of illness. In the
United States, some noni juice distributors promote it as a general tonic,
stress reliever, facial and body cleanser, and a dietary and nutritional
The Noni plant is a
tropical evergreen tree that grows to about 10 feet tall in Tahiti, Pacific
Islands, Asia, Australia, South America, Philippines, Caribbean and Southern
States of the United States of America.
The history of the Noni
plant is also unique. It is assumed to have originated in Asia and was
distributed throughout the Pacific Islands by natural and man-made means. About
2000 years ago, ancient people of French Polynesia brought the Noni plant with
them as a source of food and medicine, so it is assumed, when the colonized the
islands around them. Even Captain James Cook in the 1700’s wrote and observed
the fruit was consumed in Tahiti and other small islands. It seems other
publications in Fiji, Roratango, Australia, India, Roratango and the Philippines
were eaten and used for medical purposes. The roots and bark of the Noni plant
were scraped and pounded to form a yellow and red dye used to color clothes and
clothing, and the leaves, bark and fruit were used for many different ailments.
No part of this plant
seemed to go wasted, and is used as some form of medicine or food. Witch
doctors and healers use the Noni leaves as bandages for wounds helping the
healing to take place faster. Green fruits are crushed and the juice extracted
as a remedy for lesions or sores. Root and bark is used to treat inflammation
and infections. Each country had their own unique way of using this amazing
plant for the people’s needs and wants. Stories of fevers, skin disease,
respiratory problems, gastrointestinal issues, menstrual and urinary problems,
diabetes and venereal diseases are just a few of the ailments that this fruit is
said to cure.
Here is a small list of
traditional uses that these countries use and claim.
Plant Part Used
skin wounds, abscesses, gum and throat disease, respiratory ailments,
constipation, fever, laxative
dysentery (Indochina), head lice (Hawaii), wound poultice, broken bones,
sores or scabs, sore throat, peeling and cracking of toes and feet,
cuts, wounds, abscesses, mouth and gum infections, toothaches, appetite
and brain stimulant food, boils, carbuncles, tuberculosis, sprains, deep
bruises, rheumatism, stomach ulcers, hypertension, Philippines this is
used for acne and skin problems.
nausea, colic (Malaysia), tuberculosis, sprains, deep bruising,
rheumatism, bone fractures, dislocations, hypertension, stomach ache,
diabetes, loss of appetite, urinary tract ailments, abdominal swelling,
hernias, vitamin A deficiency
flow, urinary tract problems, arthritis
Modern Uses of Noni
addictions, allergies, arthritis, asthma, brain problems, burns, cancer,
cardiovascular disease, chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, diabetes,
digestive problems, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, gout, hypertension,
immune deficiency, infection, inflammation, jet lag, multiple sclerosis,
muscle and joint pain, polio, rheumatism, severed fingers, sinus,
The smell and taste of this
plant is sometimes overwhelming, however the uses and medicinal value surely
overcomes this distaste. The juice can be mixed with other juices to hide the
taste and smell.
The plant itself grows
well in almost any soil condition including sandy or rocky soil.
though, it seems to grow the best are on the volcanic mountain areas of the
Pacific Islands. The flowers are small and white, and grow from the structure
of the plant. It would seem the nectar is preferred by other honey eating
insects. It will bloom year around when conditions are right. The fruit are
3-8 inches in length. The fruit starts our green then turns light yellow or
even white when it ripens. The fruit is edible but again have a horrific smell
and taste. Grows well in a container, seems to tolerate shade and will bear
large amounts of fruit in a pot. If kept indoors the flowers must be hand
pollinated for fruit. This plant can NOT take cold temps below 55F, so you must
protect it during the winter. If it goes below 55 but stays about 32 the leaves
fall of but the roots stay alive and the plant will grow once the weather turns
warm and will still fruit the same year. We water ours once a day, but this is
not necessary. We have an automatic water system for our plants to help the