Indian Mulberry or Cortex mori in Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been used to treat cough, shortness of breath, fever, frequent urination (polyuria) and bedwetting .It is commonly known as Noni and native in the tropical regions of Hawaii and some parts of India. In Indian tradition, the powdered extracts from its roots, leaves and fruit have been used to various medicinal purposes.
The fruit of Indian Mulberry are edible and been consumed in places such as Samoa and Fiji. Indian Mulberry is bland and has no aroma, that earned its title as “famine food”. Fijians and Samoans eat Indian Mulberry in raw or cooked as it became their staple food.
Noni fruit is rich in phytochemicals, such as lignans, oligo- and polysaccharides, flavonoids, iridoids, fatty acids, scopoletin, catechin, beta-sitosterol, damnacanthal and alkaloids. All of which are essential in treating numerous ailments in joints, immune problems, pain relief, cellular regeneration and many more.
Medications for the following has been induced by Indian Mulberry extract as it has been proven to strengthen the kidneys:
- Urinary incontinence
- Bronchial asthma
- Eye problems
- Gum and throat problems
- Respiratory problems
In recent studies, Indian Mulberry is concluded to have the capacity in preventing growth and formation of cancer cells. The nutrients from Indian Mulberry helps to invigorate body’s immune system. Experts illustrate the capacity of this plant in fighting Leukemia, by inducing retrovirus infection. Some preliminary research suggest that Indian Mulberry extract possess the potential to retract cancerous cells to a non-cancerous state.
A group of Indian researchers analyzed the effects of Mulberry in diabetics for 4 weeks. Blood glucose level, lipid levels (cholesterol and triglycerides) and lipid peroxidation in the cell membranes of erythrocytes (red blood cells) has been monitored. They separated diabetic men in two groups: one group taken two 500 mg of encapsulated mulberry powder three time daily (3000 mg/day), while the other group taken the standard diabetes medication which is glyburide.
The results shows a compelling effect in reducing blood glucose in diabetic men, which indicates significance in controlling diabetes. The Mulberry capsule also shows incomparable results in reducing total cholesterol levels, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides while boosting their HDL-cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein also known as “good cholesterol).
The research concluded that the Mulberry medication has the capacity to improve glycemic control. The research also suggests that the serum and erythrocyte membrane lipids of the diabetic subjects obtained favorable effect in Mulberry medication.
Indian Mulberry has been used to treat erectile dysfunction and other sexual performance problems. Chinese herbalist, Dr. Zhang conduct research about Indian Mulberry. The research presumed that this plant contains properties that intends to corrects sexual dysfunction among men and women. This includes premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and sperm production for men who suffered from infertility.