MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF ARECA CATECHU - A REVIEW
A.catechu is commonly grown abundantly in coastal Karnataka. The seed of the plant areca is part of various ayurveda medicinal formulations indicated in different diseases. Also chewing betel nut along with betel leaf is not only mentioned in Ayurveda but also it is a part of Indian tradition which is named as tambula sevana which helps in digestion of food. There are different folklore practices related to this tree, where its different parts are used as medicine for burn wounds, to avoid abortion etc. The efficacy of these practices has been proven through various studies and also research has explored newer uses of this tree, like the arecoline found in seed is found to be efficacious in AD.
Hence this review aims at compiling the proven medicinal benefits of different parts of the tree with an aim to aid further researches to benefit medical practices, as the drug is available abundantly.
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