betel palm


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betel palm

Herbal medicine
A palm native to tropical Asia. Betel nuts contain alkaloids (e.g., arecholine and tannins); betel nuts are astringent, teniacidal (i.e., kill tapeworms) and are mildly tonic.

betel palm (bēˑ·tl plm),

n Areca catechu; parts used: nut, leaves; uses: stimulant, depression, respiratory ailments, coughs, sore throats; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, oral cancers, ulcers, kidney conditions, carcinogenic, alcohol, antiglaucoma medications, beta blockers, cardiac glycosides, neuroleptics. Also called
areca nut, betal, chavica betal, hmarg, maag, paan, pan masala, pan parag, pinang, or
supai.
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