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Benefits of morinda | Medicinal uses of Morinda
English common names include great morinda,Indian mulberry, noni, beach mulberry, and cheese frui
Distribution of Morinda
The genus Morinda is present worldwide predominantly in tropical countries. It occurs in Africa, Australia, Barbados, Cambodia, Caribbean, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Florida, French West Indies, Guadeloupe, Guam, Haiti, Hawaii, India, Jamaica, Java, Laos, Malaysia, Marquesas Islands, Philippines, Polynesia, Puerto Rico, Raratonga, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Southeast Asia, St. Croix, Surinam, Tahiti, Thailand, Tonga, Trinida and Tobago and Vietnam.
Survey of Morinda in south India indicated that 12 different species or varieties of Morinda are distributed throughout TamilNadu and Kerala. However, the species M. tinctoria is present abundantly in most parts of TamilNadu and in some parts of Kerala. To our surprise, M. citrifolia is not recorded in the study area of TamilNadu whereas it is profusely distributed in most part of the Kerala especially coastal region and also in the Mangalore
area of Karnataka. Recently we recorded the presence of an unidentified Morinda species with large and leathery leaves in the Dhandakaranya forest area of Malkanagiri district in Orissa.
General use of Morinda
The species of Morinda especially M. citrifolia has been reported to have a broad range of health benefits for cancer, infection, arthritis, asthma, hypertension, and pain (Whistler, 1992). The roots, stems, bark, leaves, flowers, and fruits of the Noni are all involved in various combinations in almost 40 known and recorded herbal remedies (Bruggnecate, 1992).
Additionally, the roots were used to produce a yellow or red dye for tapa cloths and fala (mats), while the fruit was eaten for health and food (Aragones et al., 1997). Medicinal use of Morinda The Polynesians utilized the whole Noni plant for herbal remedies. The fruit juice is in high demand in alternative medicine for different kinds of illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, muscle aches and pains, menstrual difficulties, headaches, heart disease, AIDS, cancers, gastric ulcer, sprains, mental depression, senility, poor digestion, arteriosclerosis, blood vessel problems, and drug addiction. Scientific evidence of the benefits of the Noni fruit juice is limited but there is some anecdotal evidence for successful treatment of colds and influenza (Solomon, 1999). Allen and London (1873) published one of the earliest articles on the medicinal benefits of Noni in which they reported the ethnobotanical properties of Noni and the use of fruit. Abbott (1985), a former botanical chemist at the University of Hawaii, stated the use of Noni for diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and many other illnesses (Abbott, 1985; Dixon et al., 1999). Noni was a traditional remedy used to treat broken bones, deep cuts, bruises, sores and wounds (Bushnell et al., 1950). Morton (1992) gave numerous references for medicinal uses of Noni. In addition, Polynesians are reported to treat breast cancer and eye problems.