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).