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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 5) – The University of the South Pacific is to undertake scientific research to determine the chemical compounds in the Noni or Kura plant.

The plant is purported to have medicinal benefits.

Speaking at the launch of a working paper on "Kura Files" USP researcher - Doctor Mani Naicker said trials would determine whether Noni is indeed safe for consumption.

"The KURA files is a qualitative social survey report in which the researchers have embarked on a nationwide questionnaire based survey in which the general public in rural and urban areas were asked about what they know about the KURA plant," he said. "As well, they have been asked about preparations are they aware of from the plant itself and what purpose they have been used for. For example, if they have been using it to cure headaches or to cure arthritis and so on so, it's a recorded evidence from the people who have been using these plants for so long."

According to the website, Noni is known throughout the South Pacific as the "mother of all healing plants".

With the common name Morinda citrifolio, Noni has been used by Pacific islanders for centuries almost as a panacea and has provided both healing and nutrition.

Nonipacific said there was evidence that the plant had been use in Polynesia and China as far back as 2000 years ago

May 6, 2005


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