Ba ji tian, also known as Morinda officinalis, has a slightly curved, yellowish-gray root that is odorless and sweet to slightly sour in taste. This root may be stir-fried and eaten, or it may be used as medicine.
The root of Morinda officinalis has been used in traditional Chinese medicine since ancient times. It is believed to strengthen the bones and tendons, as well as treat infertility, missing menstrual periods, blood clots during menstruation, and other sexual health problems. The root may also relieve symptoms of back pain and muscular atrophy, a condition in which muscle wastes away. The fruit of Morinda officinalis is called the noni berry and has gained popularity in the United States and other Western countries.
Ba ji tian may have benefits for patients with cancer, depression, fatigue, inflammation, osteoporosis, memory problems, high blood glucose, or kidney disease. However, more studies are needed to confirm the use of Morinda officinalis in medicine. At this time, there is a lack of evidence to support the effectiveness of Morinda officinalis for any condition.
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Selected combination products: Equiguard™ (Morinda officinalis, Epimedium brevicomum Maxim., Schisandra chinensis Baill., Ligustrum lucidum Ait., Cuscuta chinensis Lam., Psoralea corylifolia, and Astragalus membranaceus Bge.); WKSY (Morinda officinalis, radix aconiti Lateralis preparata, herba Epimedii, Curculigo orchioides Gaertn., Cinnamomum cassia Presl, rhizoma Zingiberis, Codonopsis pilosula, radix Astragali, radix Rehmanniae praeparata, Plastrum testudinis, pericarpium Citri reticulatae, Amomum villosum Lour., and Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch.); Er-Xian Decoction (EXD), a Chinese medicine formula, composed of Curculigo orchioides Gaertn., Epimedium brevicornum Maxim., Morinda officinalis, Anemarrhenae asphodeloides Bge., Phellodendron chinense Schneid., and Angelica sinensis Diels.
These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
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