Traditional Uses:

Polynesians picked the noni fruit before it was ripe, and place it in a jar in the
direct sunlight. When fully ripe, the noni fruit was mashed into a puree and the juice
was extracted through a cloth. The juice was then ready for use. People traditionally
took the juice during times of rest, when the body was under the least amount of stress. Noni was also served as a food dish.

Traditional Medicinal Uses:

  • Parts of the fruit are used as a tonic and to contain fever (China, Japan, Hawaii)
  • The leaves, flowers, fruit, and bark can treat eye problems, skin wounds and
    abscesses, gum and throat problems, respiratory ailments, constipation, and
    fever (Pacific Islands, Hawaii)
  • Used to treat stomach pains and after delivery (Marshall Islands)
  • Heated leaves applied to the chest relieve coughs, nausea, and colic (Malaysia)
  • Juice of the leaves is taken for arthritis (Philippines)
  • The fruit is taken for lumbago, asthma, and dysentery (Indochina)
  • Pounded, unripe fruit is mixed with salt and applied to cuts and broken bones
  • Ripe fruit is used to draw out pus from an infected boil (Hawaii)
  • Juices of over-ripe fruits are taken to regulate menstrual flow and ease urinary
    problems (Malaysia)
  • The fruit can be used to make shampoo (Malaysia, Hawaii) and to treat head lice (Hawaii).
  • Other exotic diseases treated with the plant include diabetes (widespread) and
    venereal diseases.