Betel leaves, belonging to piperaceae family, is a creeper with excellent healing power and curative properties which most people are unaware of. In India, betel leaves (paan) are chewed after meals quite religiously and fondly by many youngsters and elders.
Some believe in their ability to enhance digestion while some others love it as a breath freshner. However, it becomes unhealthy when tobacco is consumed along with it.
Apart from having an important place in religious rituals, betel leaves have many medicinal properties. Betel leaf has been used from ancient times as an aromatic, stimulant and anti-flatulent. It is useful in arresting secretion or bleeding and, is an aphrodisiac. Vagbhata has included betel chewing as a part of ‘dinacharya’ (daily regime) in his book Ashtanga Hrudaya.
Betel leaf is used in several common household remedies. Here are some of them:
It has been said that even nectar can become toxic if consumed in large doses or inappropriately. Similarly, betel leaves should not be consumed in large doses or mixed with tobacco and areca nut because when consumed with these they become .