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Benefits of Betel Leaf And Its Side Effects

Betel leaf, or Paan, is a pretty commonly used leaf in India. Though its primary purpose is to be used as a mouth freshener, many people also use it for the numerous health benefits that it provides. It is really good for people suffering diabetes as it can regulate their glucose levels. It lowers your cholesterol and protects your heart. It has strong anti-cancer and anti-mutagenic compounds in it and can lower the risk of developing cancer. It has anti-microbial properties that can protect you from minor bacterial and fungal infections. It can help heal wounds, especially burn wounds. Betel leaves are also known to combat depression and can put you in a light, happy mood. They are great for your oral health as they not only fight bad breath but also help with protecting you from bacterial infections. It can prevent and control asthma. It is great for your gastric system. It can also be used to prevent malaria.

Benefits of Betel Leaf And Its Side Effects

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Betel Leaf
Nutritional Value of Betel Leaf
Health Benefits of Betel Leaf
It is good for diabetes
It lowers your cholesterol
It is an anti-cancer agent
It has anti-microbial properties
It helps heal wounds
It helps with asthma
It helps with depression
It improves oral health
It protects your gastric system
Uses of Betel Leaf
Side-Effects & Allergies of Betel Leaf
Cultivation of Betel Leaf

Betel Leaf

The betel leaf is an extremely common leaf. It is in the shape of a heart and is dark green in color. It comes from the Piperaceae family of plants and is used as a popular mouth freshener in India. Betel leaf is also called Paan.

Nutritional Value of Betel Leaf

Betel leaf is loaded with nutrients and is very good for you. It contains decent amounts of essential nutrients. In 100 grams of betel leaf, there is 1.3 micrograms of iodine, 1.1-4.6 micrograms of potassium, 1.9-2.9 micrograms of vitamin A, 13-0 micrograms of vitamin B-1, 1.9-30 micrograms of vitamin B-2, and 0.63-0.89 micrograms of nicotinic acid. These nutrients are good for your heath.

Health Benefits of Betel Leaf

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of
Health Benefits of Betel Leaf

It is good for diabetes

Diabetes is an extremely common disease and though there are numerous anti-diabetic medications out there, it is best to avoid them as they often have side effects on the liver and kidneys. Herbal remedies, such as betel leaf, do not. Betel leaf can help reduce the overall glucose levels in your blood, which is great for people who have Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, people with diabetes often suffer from oxidative stress. This ends up depleting the antioxidant content in the body, which can lead to the buildup of free radicals in the system. Having betel leaf can help prevent this in diabetes and keep their immune system intact.

It lowers your cholesterol

Having high cholesterol in your blood can increase your chances of getting a stroke. Betel leaves have eugenol in them due to which they aid in lowering your cholesterol levels. Moreover, eugenol also inhibits the amount of cholesterol that is generated in the liver and can help with reducing the amount of lipids absorbed by the intestine. This is very good for your body.

It is an anti-cancer agent

Although betel nuts can increase the risk of tobacco, betel leaves have anti-cancer compounds in them. The leaves have phenolic compounds in them can contain a range of properties such as anti-bacterial, anti-mutagenic, antioxidant, and anti-proliferative. They also have high amounts of phytochemicals, which can help fight cancer. Betel leaves also help fight oxidative stress and eliminate free radicals. Both these factors are important in preventing cancer.

It has anti-microbial properties

The essential oil that is naturally present in betel leaves has antibacterial properties, which can help fight infections that are caused by bacteria. Moreover, since it is filled with phenolic and phytochemicals, it can be very effecting against gram positive and gram-negative bacteria.

It helps heal wounds

Betel leaf extract has an extremely strong effect when it comes to healing wounds. This is because betel leaves are filled with antioxidants, which reduce the amount of oxidative stress your body is going through. When your body goes through high oxidative stress, it can delay the rate at which your wounds heal. Thus, betel leaves help with healing wounds. Furthermore, they are particularly effective against healing wounds that are related to burns.

It helps with asthma

While many people know that asthma is a problem that is related to breathing, not many people know that it is actually also an inflammation problem as well. As betel leaves have anti-inflammatory properties, they can help patients who have asthma. Asthma is usually triggered by histhamine in the system. This is because histhamine causes bronchioconstriction which is a major part of asthma. Betel leaves have anti-histhamine properties in them, which helps prevent and control asthma. Betel oil can also be used for the same purposes.

It helps with depression

Depression is a serious condition that affects many people around the world. Though there are various antidepressant drugs out there in the market, it is proven that herbal remedies can also cause a significant impact when it comes to treating and managing the disease. One of these popular remedies is to chew betel leaves. This is because they stimulate the activity in the central nervous system, and help produce feelings of light-heartedness, well-being, and even happiness. Betel leaves also help produce aromatic phenolic compounds that end up stimulating the amount of catecholamines in your system, which is directly linked with lowering depression. This can be a good herbal remedy for people who don’t want to get hooked onto medication.

It improves oral health

Betel leaf is widely used as a mouth freshener in India so it comes as no surprise that it improves oral health. They can help reduce the growth of bacteria in your mouth, preventing a wide range of oral infections and diseases. Betel leaf can also protect your oral cavity from dental caries by reducing the amount of acid that is produced by bacterial saliva.

It protects your gastric system

The phytochemicals that are present in betel leaves have antioxidant and anti-ulcer properties. Stomach ulcers can lead to the damaging of your stomach lining, decreased production of gastric mucus, and lots of oxidative stress. When you consume betel leaves, your ulcers are healed, the amount of gastric mucus that is produced by your body is increased and the oxidative stress goes down because of the antioxidants. This can not only soothe your digestive system while the ulcers are being healed, but can also save you from a host of stomach related problems in the future that stem from ulcers being neglected.

Terpenes, which is a healthy compound that is present in betel leaves has strong anti-malaria properties. Also, the flavonoids that are present in betel leaves have strong anti-parasitic properties and they help fight against parasite related strains of malaria. Betel leaves have been used for their anti-malarial properties since ancient times, and this practice started off in Malaysia. It can certainly protect you from the fatal dangers of malaria and can help you fight against this deadly disease.

Uses of Betel Leaf

Betel leaves are commonly used as mouth fresheners in India. They are used as a base to wrap up various components of paan, including tobacco, betel nut, sugar syrup, and a few other components. Modern variations of this street favorite include chocolate syrup being poured in the center of the leaf along with all the traditional components. Paan has been used as a mouth freshener since ancient times and is more popular in some cities than in others. The leaf is rolled and wrapped up to create a conical shape and always ingested in one bite. It takes a long time to chew the entire leaf but the flavors and textures of this mouth freshener make it an interesting process. Paan is also used as a flavoring agent in many candies, food and drinks. It is also a popular flavor in hookahs. Paan flavored condoms are also a common sight in drug stores in India. Paan masala, a powdered mixture of paan flavor and tobacco, is also pretty common in India.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Betel Leaf

As is the case with most tobacco related products, there is the risk of developing oral cancer if you eat paan too often. Consuming the betel leaf on its own, however, is not that harmful. If you have never been exposed to this leaf before, it makes sense to perform a patch test in order to see whether or not you are allergic to it. If you are generally susceptible to allergies, this is definitely a good idea. You should always consult with your doctor before adding anything new to your diet or lifestyle in case it does not suit you. Moreover, as is the case with a lot of tobacco related products, chewing paan can be slightly addictive. But the addiction here is to the tobacco in it, and not the leaf itself.

Cultivation of Betel Leaf

Although betel trees can be found in many tropical regions, the use of the betel leaf originated in India. It is also used in a few Asian countries as well, such as Malaysia. Betel leaves are also used in ayurvedic medicine to cure a variety of problems, and this branch of medicine also originated in India.

Popular Questions & Answers

How does garlic with home help in erectile dysfunction? How much effective it is and in how many days it will effect? How to consume it? What are other home remedies for erectile dysfunction?

MBBS, DIiploma in Yoga and Ayurveda, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), PGDPC
Sexologist, Pune
Garlic not very effective. But you can chew betel leaf .You can take natural milk etc fortified properly with medicines. Please feel free to contact me in private chat.

She's having sever headache & feeling very uncomfortable after eating PAN (Betel leaf) from some store. She can't walk properly and finding difficult to move. She can see everything revolving. What should we do in this case.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Sindhudurg
it may b having gutka or something else which drowse her and can't move and walk properly. give her the lime juice with adding salt. give her bath .
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Hello I am 23 Year old male. I used to to chew gutkha but now I want to quit it. I used to chew 20 to 30 packets a day but from last 2 days I only used 2 to 3 packets in a whole day. I do not want to chew that too but one of my friend told me that leaving completely will do side effect is this right? And the other question is that I have some white cuts or only marks on both side in my mouth. But do not have any type of pain or any difficulty in talking or eating. Do I need to worry about that or is it normal? Thank you waiting for your response.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Guwahati
Gutka is a substance of abuse. It is a dry preparation, that consist of betel leaf, areca nut, tobacco, catechu (extract of the acacia catechu tree) & slaked lime, with sweet or savory flavorings. Due to its stimulant activity, gutka is used as a recreational drug. As it is a harmful product & do not have any beneficial effect on the body, you better quit it as early as possible. Now-a-days de-addiction treatments are available for quitting all substances of abuse including gutka. Such treatment includes detoxification & rehabilitation program. Consult a psychiatrist & start your treatment at the earliest. With treatment you can quit the gutka immediately & you will not require the gradual reduction of the quantity of gutka, as advised by your friend. Medical detoxification is the first stage of de addiction treatment, when the addicted person is treated with medicines. The withdrawal symptoms which occur on sudden stopping of an addictive substance are managed through detox treatment. Medical detoxification systematically and safely will withdraw you from the gutka. The next phase is the Rehabilitation program which includes counseling sessions & other behavioral therapies. These sessions have important role in the de addiction process. Counseling sessions will help to enhance your motivation skills to stay sober, build skills to resist gutka use, replace gutka-using activities with constructive and rewarding non gutka-using activities, and improve problem-solving abilities. Behavioral therapy will work on interpersonal relationships and your ability to function effectively in the family and community. Detoxification is usually completed within 7-10 days & can be done both on out patient basis & as in patient. Rehabilitation program usually ranges between 30-90 days. Along with, mentally prepare yourself to stay away from gutka. Following measures will help you to prepare yourself mentally against the substance: oEducate yourself adequately regarding gutka & its ill effects. Acquire the required information by reading books, going through internet or talking to a professional trained in de addiction. OKeep reminding yourself of the benefits you will achieve after quitting gutka: After quitting you will have reduced risk of the many diseases caused by gutka including oral cancer and a variety of other medical conditions like heart attack, respiratory, cardiac depression, hypertension, reproductive health dysfunction etc. Your teeth will be saved from the unpleasant stains. Your mouth will be saved from the bad odor caused by gutka. Any sores or ulcers in your mouth will heal well. You can focus more on your relationships. Taking gutka might have affected your relations if your close ones were against it, or because you were so preoccupied with the substance, your relations suffered. You can participate actively in social gatherings as you will not have to stay away to hide your habit nor have to come out frequently to chew gutka. You will save the money you were wasting on gutka & use them for better purposes. OImagine & create a picture of a beautiful future in your mind of a life without gutka. Imagine how much you will benefit in your new life. In between your beautiful imaginary picture also imagine that you started to take gutka again. Then imagine how one by one the beautiful picture will shatter. Once you become aware of the consequences of relapse, you will also develop fear of relapsing. You will then stay more cautious not to start it again. OCount the first day of your quitting as day of a new start & from that day, live one day at a time. It is helpful if you can relate this day to some important events in your life like your birthday or birthday of someone close, anniversary, day of some achievements etc. On the morning of the second day, tell yourself that you are starting the second day of your substance free life & by night time thank yourself that you stayed substance free whole day & encourage yourself to stay gutka free in coming days too. Celebrate your victory of staying sober on completing 1 week, 2 weeks, then 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, and on completing one year celebrate the first birthday of your sobriety. This will encourage you to stay sober further. OAvoid triggering factors that may tempt you to take gutka. For example if the triggering factor was internal say some stress for which you got inclined to abusing substance, then work on the stress to remove it or take help of a counselor to overcome the stress. If the triggering was external, like some friends persuaded initially & you could not say no, in some specific event or situation you started taking gutka etc, then stay away from those situation. OImmediately after quitting, craving will be intense. But gradually with time it will reduce. So the initial days you have to be very careful. Keep yourself busy & diverted. OThrow away all gutka you have with you. Having them within reach may increase your temptation. You can use alternatives like lozenges or chewing gum. OStart new healthy habits & opt for a healthy lifestyle. OEat healthy diet. OJoin a support group comprising of people who came out of addiction & had undergone the same situation as you. You will get a platform to discuss your queries & together can motivate each other to stay sober & also help others to overcome addiction. Start your effort to quit gutka at the earliest. All the best. Regarding the white marks on your mouth, get yourself examined by a doctor. He will advice you the necessary investigations & give treatment if required.

I have been vegan for 13 months. What do you suggest I do to make sure I get enough to calcium? My calcium level is low and also low in vitamin D. I have started taking vitamin D. I have been living in UK since 1971.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition (Delhi University)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Panipat
Dear Vijay ,Being following s vegan diet, i would suggest you to include below food sources in your diet to meet the calcium requirements. 1.Ragi molt - its a drink which you can mix in water & can have it anytime during the day. 2.Do take more broccoli in your schedule. 3.Include betel leaf in your vegetables 4.Take one small banana everyday .These things will gradually meet up the calcium requirements.

My daughter is 14 years old and started having her menstrual cycles from the age of 11. From last four times, her cycles has reduced to 18-20 days, instead of normal 30 days. Is it worrisome? Should we show her to a doctor?

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Homeopath, Patna
Hello, lybrate user, it so happens in puberty period, menstrual disorder is caused due to stress, anxiety, depression, malnutrition, anaemia, over exertion, pcod, thyroidism, results in, delayed, painful, excess & frequent blood flow during menstruation, ask her to follow tips. * tk, plenty of water to hydrate yourself, to eliminate toxins & to dilute your blood to establish your flow by regulating metabolism to absorb neutrients to nourish your body. * go for meditation to reduce your stress, anxiety to calm your nerve to ease your stress, improving oxygen volume in blood in order, to establish your smooth flow. * your diet be simple, non- irritant, easily digestible on time to maintain your digestion, avoiding gastric disorder. * tk, apple, carrots, cheese, milk, banana, papaya, pomegranate, spinach, almonds, walnuts to improve your haemoglobin to release your flow, timely. * tk, homoeo medicine, gentle & rapid in action with no adverse effect, thereof. @ pulsatilla 30-6 pills, thrice a day. @ sepia200-6 pills, thrice a day. * ensure, sound sleep in d night for at least 7 hrs. * avoid, caffiene, junkfood, dust, smoke, exertion > your feedback will highly b appreciated for further, follow up. Tk, care.
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Chewing Paan - 5 Lesser Known Benefits Of It!

MBBS, DNB (General Medicine)
General Physician, Delhi
Chewing Paan - 5 Lesser Known Benefits  Of It!

Paan which is prepared using tender green betel leaf and areca nut is very popular and widely consumed in many countries of South and South East Asia such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. There are many variations to the preparation, some might contain tobacco, slaked lime paste also known as choona and a paste that is known as kattha which is a breath freshener.

The betel leaves used to make paan have a range of healing and curative benefits. The leaves contain vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C and many more. Chewing paan can, therefore, have a good impact on your health.

  1. Digestive Health: The chewing action when consuming paan helps to stimulate the salivary glands. This causes the secretion of saliva which contains the enzymes necessary to ensure that the food is properly broken down. This aids in a good digestion. Betel leaves are also very effective in relieving constipation. The extract of these leaves also have good gastro-protective properties and can, therefore, be used for treating gastric ulcers.
  2. Oral Health: The various variations or ingredients of paan such as the addition of cloves or fennel work as a mouth freshener. The betel leaf too helps to reduce or get rid of bacteria that cause bad breath. Chewing paan maintains ascorbic acid levels in saliva which can prevent and lower the risk of oral cancer. Ascorbic acid is an antioxidant which works to reduce the levels of free radicals in the body, this prevents cancer.
  3. Treatment for warts and boils: In the practice of ayurvedic medicine in India, betel leaves have been used as a cure for warts and boils. Treatments using betel leaves can permanently remove a wart without any scars. Therefore chewing betel leaves can help to cure and prevent boils and warts from forming in the mouth and other parts of the body.
  4. Treatment for common ailments: The analgesic properties of the betel leaf has made it very popular in traditional medicinal remedies in India for various ailments such as cough, headache and in the treatment of small cuts and wounds. The slight bitter taste of the leaf has an anti-diabetic property and can be used to control blood sugar levels.
  5. Treatment for skin disorders: The antimicrobial properties of the betel leaf make it a good natural treatment option for skin disorders such as rashes, acne, itching and body odours.

As with all things chewing paan can be both good but excess of the same can be bad. The health benefits of chewing paan are not widely known and they can be further enhanced by using ingredients that are good for your health. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.

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Ayurvedic Treatment Options for Allergic Bronchitis

BAMS
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Ayurvedic Treatment Options for Allergic Bronchitis

The lungs are made of pipes - starting from the nostrils all the way to the fine tubules in the lungs, through which the air we breathe passes through. The inhaled air also contains a lot of other particles - dust, pollen, virus, cigarette smoke, etc. Very often, the body is allergic to one or more of these particles, and the bronchi are constantly irritated and inflamed due to their sustained exposure. This causes allergic bronchitis which is identified by symptoms like chronic coughing, difficulty breathing, hoarseness, nasal congestion.

Ayurveda believes that the human body has 3 doshas or bio elements - vata, pitta, and kapha. Any disease is believed to be due to one of these being affected. Allergic bronchitis is believed to be an issue with vata.

  1. The most effective treatment for bronchitis is believed to be a glass of milk mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in it. This mixture is believed to be most effective when taken on an empty stomach and can be had 2 to 3 times a day.
  2. Equal portions of powders of dry ginger, long pepper, and black pepper can be mixed with honey to make a smooth paste. This can be had 2 to 3 times a day to see wonderful results.
  3. One-half teaspoon of licorice powder mixed in 1 cup of water can be boiled, cooled, and stored to be consumed through the day.
  4. A creeping plant known as somlata (Ephedra vulgaris) is found to be highly efficacious in relieving asthma. This grows in western Himalayas in abundance and is sent in hundreds of tonnes to western countries where ephedrine is prepared from it. The powder made from the whole plant, after drying in the shade and is given in the dosage of 100 to 250 milligrams, mixed with honey or water at the intervals of 8 to 4 hours.

Other formulations

  • Kapha katari - Literally translates as phlegm cutter, this works immediately. The powder needs to be wrapped in betel leaf and chewed slowly. Continue with another 4 doses over the next 24 hours.
  • Kanakasava - The extract of Datura is very effective in halting bronchitis but needs to be taken under medical supervision only. This is habit-forming and therefore, needs to be used cautiously.

In addition, follow these general considerations too:

  1. Avoid or minimize exposure to known allergens, cigarette smoke and pollution
  2. Drink about 8 to 10 glasses of water to help form a thin mucous
  3. Avoid dust in the bedroom, avoid feather pillows
  4. Regularly vacuum clean the house
  5. Do yoga, especially the breathing asanas which are very beneficial for bronchitis patients

Allergic bronchitis is a chronic condition, and acute attacks can be avoided by following some of the pointers mentioned above.

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After Meal ? Betel Leaves.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Udupi
After Meal ? Betel Leaves.

Betel leaf is good for digestion. It is anti-flatulent and gastro-protective properties made chewing the leaf after a meal very popular.

The essential oil can be massaged on the stomach as it helps in the secretion of digestive acids and gastric juices..

Betel leaves are amazing ways of easing constant cough. They come loaded with the goodness of antibiotics. These antibiotics ease phlegm and also reduce the inflammation caused due to constant coughing.

Sore Throat Home Remedy

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Sore Throat Home Remedy
Apply some mulethi / yashtimadhu (glycyrrhiza glabra) powder on betel leaf and suck gently. It is very effective in hoarseness treatment and also cure sore throat problems.
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Common Cold & Cough

bachelor of science, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Meerut
Common Cold & Cough
This is a very common problem and is caused by aggravation of kapha.
Remedies:
*body should be kept warm especially feet, chest, throat and head. Sweating is very helpful. The simplest way to do it is drink hot spice tea or some other hot drink and lie down on the bed. Take some warm cover like blanket and let the body sweat for 15 to 20 minutes.
*a glass of warm water mixed with one tea spoon of lemon juice and one tea spoon of honey can be taken 2-3 times a day.
In case of dry cough especially if it trouble is during the night, take cardamom, dry ginger, black pepper and cinnamon in equal quantity, say 10 gms. Each. Take white sugar or rock candy equal to the total weight that is 40 gms. Grind them and make a fine powder. From this take half a tea spoon (about 3 gms.) twice a day with honey or warm water after meals.
In case of sore throat a clove or two cardamoms or rock candy or a few raisins can be chewed. Gargling with warm salty water is also beneficial. This can be done two to three times a day.
For hacking cough and laryngitis: equal parts of honey and juice of baked lemon,(i. E. Sour citrusfruit) or 10 -15 drops of betel leaf juice with honey three times a day.
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Table of Content

Betel Leaf
Nutritional Value of Betel Leaf
Health Benefits of Betel Leaf
It is good for diabetes
It lowers your cholesterol
It is an anti-cancer agent
It has anti-microbial properties
It helps heal wounds
It helps with asthma
It helps with depression
It improves oral health
It protects your gastric system
Uses of Betel Leaf
Side-Effects & Allergies of Betel Leaf
Cultivation of Betel Leaf