Morinda citrifolia or Mengkudu

Morinda citrifolia or Mengkudu, as it is known locally, is a small erect tree found within the forest. Due to its medicinal properties it is now planted in the villages, mainly for its translucent white fruit. The juice of the over-ripe fruit is consumed by women to regulate menstrual flow. It may also be taken to ease painful urination. Other preparations of the Mengkudu fruit are used to treat diabetes, haemorrhages and coughs. Women in the rural areas also use the fruit to make shampoo as they believe it is good for the hair.

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