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Betel nut- Herbal Extracts

Betel Nut Palm

Betel Nut Palm Pericarp

Common name
Areca nut, betel nut palm, betelpalm, bing lang, bunga, pinang.
Family
Arecaceae (Palmae)
In its most basic form, betel nut is a seed of the Areca catechu, a type of palm tree.
In the 1st century AD, Sanskrit medical writings claimed that betel nut possessed 13 qualities found in the region of heaven.
It is pungent, bitter, spicy, sweet, salty, and astringent. It was said to expel wind, kill worms, remove phlegm, subdue bad odors, beautify the mouth, induce purification, and kindle passion.
The areca tree is a feathery palm that grows to approximately 1.5 m in height and is widely cultivated in tropical India, Bangladesh, Japan, Sri Lanka, south China, the East Indies, the Philippines, and parts of Africa. The tropical palm trees bear fruit all year. The nut may be used fresh, dried, or cured by boiling, baking, or roasting.
Some traditional beliefs hold that it may offer relief for a range of ailments, from dry mouth to digestive problems
According to one study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, betel nut has cancer-fighting properties. An Indian study suggests it may help with cardiovascular and digestive issues and have anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. (*)

Benefits of Betelnut

Many people chew betel nut for the energy boost it produces due to the nut’s natural alkaloids, which release adrenaline. It may also result in feelings of euphoria and well-being.
The chewing of betel nut quids dates to antiquity.  Because of its CNS stimulating effects, It is used in a manner similar to the western use of tobacco or caffeine. Arecoline is responsible for some of the effects of betel quid chewing, such as alertness, increased stamina, a sense of well-being, euphoria, and salivation. Chewing the nut stimulates the flow of saliva to aid digestion. It also has been used to stimulate the appetite. (*)

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