In India, Betel leaves play a significant role since ancient culture. And seeing as long Betel leaf plant is recognized as an Herbal medicine not only in India but also worldwide because of its numerous health benefits.
Betel leaf, or piper betel leaf, is usually consumed in a betel quid. A betel quid is a grouping of slaked lime, catechu, areca nut and some other ingredients. This may be wrapped in a betel leaf and placed in mouth and chewed.
Betel leaf Six in numbers when combined with a little bit of slaked lime, that is equivalent with 300 ml of cow milk in terms of nutritional values. It’s also rich in vitamin and minerals along with the enzymes like diastase and catalase. Betel leaf contains a significant amount of all essential amino acids except lysine, histidine and arginine.
Moisture 85.4 Per Cent,
Protein 3.1 Per Cent,
Fat 0.8 Per Cent,
Minerals 2.3 Per Cent,
Fiber 2.3 Per Cent
Carbohydrates 6.1 Per Cent
Minerals and vitamin contents are Calcium, Carotene, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin and Vitamin C.
Its calorific value is 44.
Ancient books described the importance of Betel Leaf as a great Ayurvedic medicine.
Use of Betel leaf was known for centuries for its curative properties and 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. Betel leaf is used in several common home remedies.
Pan-supari, especially the pan, is prescribed by Ayurvedic physicians as an aphrodisiac. Betel leaf is considered as aphrodisiac i.e. an agent who stimulates sexual desire. It is a common practice to offer Masalapan to newly married couple before retiring to bed. It gives pleasures in love making and also a mild stimulant that have medicinal properties.
Betel leaf is traditionally used in the treatment of various diseases as home remedy, like bad breath, boils and abscesses, conjunctivitis, constipation, headache, hysteria, itches, mastitis, mastoiditis, leucorrhoea, otorrhoea, ringworm, swelling of gum, rheumatism, abrasion, cuts and injuries etc
Weakness of Nerves: Betel leaves are useful in the treatment of nervous pains, nervous exhaustion and debility. The juice of betel leaf, with a teaspoon of honey, will serve as a good tonic. Take teaspoon of this juice twice a day.
Taken betel fragment (pan supari) prepared with catechu, quick lime, betel nuts, cardamom etc. after healthy food helps digestion and eliminates flatulence (accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal) (Caution: please don’t add tobacco to it).
Boil 3 betel leaves with small amount of black pepper in 250 GMS of water and strain it. Taking 2 tsp. of this drink twice a day will cures indigestion problems.
For Breast Milk Secretion: Applying this leaves smeared with oil on the Breasts during lactation period will said to promote secretion of milk.
Tannin content in Betel leaves is also useful in promoting liver function, prevent diarrhea, and reduce the secretion of vaginal fluid. Betel leaves can also be used to cure vaginal discharge
Red betel leaf:
Red betel leaf has properties of preventing premature ejaculation, Anticonvulsant, Antiseptic, Analgesic, Anti-dandruff, controlling Diabetes, Liver, Antidiarrheal, increase endurance, and relieve pain. Red betel leaf is also useful in treatment of Pneumonia, Bronchitis, And Gingivitis, Bleeding Nose or Nosebleeds, And Coughing up Blood.