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Morinda – (Morinda citrifolia)


Morinda, also known as Noni, grows in shady forests and on open shores. It matures in only eighteen months and then produces fruit every month of the year. It grows in Hawaii, Tahiti, Indonesia, India and other areas of Polynesia. The fruit is known for its pungent smell, although it is eaten frequently in Polynesia as a famine food in some areas and as a staple in others.


Key Medicinal Uses

Internally – Morinda is taken as a tonic for fever, high blood pressure, digestive problems, gum and throat problems as well as stomach pain, constipation and respiratory issues. It is also used for depression and rheumatoid arthritis. Some studies suggest it may be useful for cancer and diabetes. The fruit is eaten for dysentery, asthma and lumbago. For menstrual irregularities and cramps, the green fruit, leaves and root are useful. The root is also used for urinary problems.

Externally – Morinda is made into a tonic to use on eye and skin problems. The leaves can be heated and applied to the chest for coughs, colic and nausea. Unripe fruit is pounded into a mash, mixed with salt and applied to cut or broken bones. Ripe fruits can be used to draw pus from a boil. The oil is useful on the skin for acne, inflammation and water retention.

Other Uses – Morinda bark makes a purplish-brown dye used in batik, and the roots can make a yellow dye used for fabric. The fruit can be used as shampoo and supposedly defeats head lice.

Herbs to Combine/Supplement

Morinda can be found combined with lyceum, cuscuta, cistanche and ginseng to treat infertility, impotence, premature ejaculation, frigidity and irregular menstruation. It is combined with eucommia bark, drynaria and dipsacus for lower back pain and knee pain. Combined with aconite and cinnamon bark, the combined herbal remedy can be used for irregular menstruation and impotence.

Parts Used

Various – The fruit pulp is powdered or used as fermented juice. Chinese medicine also uses the leaves, flowers, fruit, bark and roots of the plant.


If, when using morinda, you notice a dribbling when urinating or difficulty urinating, you should stop using the remedy immediately and don't use it again.

Preparation and Dosage

Morinda remedies are available as herbal tea or capsules. Capsules should be taken with meals during the time of treatment. Results are slow to show up, so give it time. A treatment time of at least 6 to 8 weeks is necessary to see any results.

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