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Morinda citrifolia great morinda Mengkudu Rubiaceae

 

 great morinda, mengkudu, Morinda citrifolia

 

Morinda citrifolia

 great morinda, mengkudu, Morinda citrifolia

The painkiller tree or Indian mulberry (Morindia citrifolia), a small tree native to tropical Asia and south to Australia. It has been introduced throughout the tropical Pacific region and the Caribbean islands.
The painkiller tree was used by people throughout tropical regions of the world. In the Caribbean region, the shiny green leaves were used by the Caribs as a poultice for wounds, rheumatic joints, fevers and headaches. The leaves were applied directly to the afflicted area to relieve pain. Polynesians called the plant "noni" and used the ripe fruit as a poultice. The mashed fruit was applied directly to the afflicted area, including deep cuts and broken bones. A medicinal drink was also made from the fruits and used as a remedy for tuberculosis. The fruits were also eaten (raw or cooked) as famine food. Noni fruits and tonic can reportedly cure a variety of ailments ranging from arthritis, rheumatism, sores, boils, and even eliminate head lice. Because of its remarkable cure-all reputation among Polynesians, a lot of attention has been focused on "noni" (Morinda citrifolia).

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