Most people outside Polynesia, Australia, Southeast Asia and Hawaii have not heard about noni. For people in these areas, however, noni has a rich history of use for general health and medicinal purposes.
Noni has been used by Southeast Asian peoples for over 2,000 years as both food and medicine. All parts of the plant including the bark, leaves, roots, and fruit are used for a variety of different purposes. The characteristic bitter or fermented taste of noni fruit has not seemed to deter its use, with some ancient peoples actually believing that the unpleasant taste would keep illnesses away.
Noni fruit has been used as a digestive aid, for respiratory disorders, and to treat intestinal worms. The juice of the fruit has been used for joint pain and arthritis and to help even out blood sugar levels as well as treat everything from headaches to heart disease and high cholesterol. Some of the benefits of noni are now being confirmed by studies and research.
Current studies of noni fruit and juice suggest that in highly concentrated form, it may fight against tumors and have application as a treatment for cancer. More studies are currently being done to confirm noni's effectiveness against tumors, since previous studies were done mostly in test tubes and on animals.
Other studies of noni fruit show that it can stimulate the production of T-cells, macrophages and thymocytes, all of which help with immune system functioning. This could explain why noni works to fight infections including those caused by the overproduction of yeasts in the body, known to holistic medicine as candida. It has even been used to fight the flu and pneumonia.
Another benefit that is now being studied is noni's pain relieving effects. For those who have chronic pain from arthritis or joint problems, noni has been observed to give levels of pain relief comparable to some prescription painkillers like Tramadol. So far, this effect has only been studied in mice, but many users have noticed a marked reduction in their pain levels with regular use of noni.
Energy levels and stamina appear to be affected by the use of noni as well. Miranda Kerr, an Australian model, credits noni with her health and says that she drinks noni juice to help keep going on busy days. "I've been drinking it since I was 14, and when I've got a long day ahead of me, it's the one thing I can't live without," she tells the Daily Mail.com.
Noni leaves have been used as a poultice to combat joint swelling and pain. Noni seems to have anti-inflammatory properties that fight against swelling and any kind of skin infection. Tea made from noni leaves can have many of the same effects as noni juice, as well as being used externally on hair to help resist graying and fight hair loss.
Biconi uses noni in its hair care products to stop and reverse the effects of hair loss as well as strengthen existing hair. Hair Rejuvenating Solid Shampoo and Hair Repair Conditioner both offer the benefits of noni for hair as well as coconut oil and other plant extracts.