What is Noni in traditional medicine

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Raj Vardhan, OSD Chairman, NIIMS Hospital
Raj Vardhan, OSD Chairman, NIIMS Hospital

 

  1. What is Noni in traditional medicine?

Noni, a member of the coffee family, holds a place as a traditional medicinal plant with a wide array of applications. It has been employed historically to address conditions including diabetes, anxiety, colds, flu, high blood pressure, depression, and more. The extensive traditional uses of Noni reflect its potent healing properties, which extend to areas like digestive issues, infections, wound care, and more. Medicinal uses of Noni encompass its leaves, fruits, and roots.

  1. What are its benefits?

Noni is highly beneficial because of its antioxidants, digestive, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is good for the skin and immune system. It improves body functioning, combats stress and alleviates pain. Noni fruit can help liver and kidney dysfunction patients as it has a high potassium content. It is also good to be taken as a dietary supplement to combat various diseases. It promotes smooth blood flow, improves joint health, improves dental health and helps to maintain hygiene.

  1. Any possible risks

Despite, its benefits there are various risk factors one must know about noni before its intake. It may result in dysfunction of the liver due to toxicity associated with high drugs. May cause hyperkalemia, muscle weakness, irregular heartbeats and nausea as it has a high content of potassium. It is good if taken appropriately, excess intake on noni might have various side effects. It must be taken with care under the guidance of doctors.

  1. How can it be used

Noni can be ingested in the form of juice, capsules, or as fresh fruit. It can also be applied topically to the skin as needed. The method of use should be selected based on the specific benefits sought, whether for internal consumption or topical application, with appropriate doses.

  1. Dosage and type

Dosage guidelines can differ significantly, so it’s crucial to adhere to the instructions provided on the product label or seek personalized advice from a healthcare expert. The choice of Noni product (be it juice, capsules, etc.) should be made according to individual preferences and the intended purpose.

According to Dr. Raj Vardhan, OSD Chairman, Noida International Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Noida International University-

Noni boasts a rich history of traditional use across diverse cultures, offering a spectrum of potential advantages, notably in terms of its antioxidant attributes and immune-enhancing potential. Nonetheless, it’s vital to be aware of potential risks, notably those concerning liver function, and exercise caution when using Noni, ideally under the supervision of a healthcare expert. Decisions regarding the appropriate dosage and choice of Noni products should be tailored to individual requirements and specific situations.