Betelnut - traditional medicine
Ayurvedic practitioners have a range of uses for betelnut. Ripe and unripe seeds are used to treat urinary infections and vaginal discharges. Ayurveda also recognises betelnut as useful for relieving toothache, to aid digestion and as a laxative. It is reported to sweeten the breath, strengthen the gums and prevent perspiration. Some claim the plant has aphrodisiac properties too. The powdered seeds also feature in Unani medicine. They are prescribed for the treatment of diarrhoea and urinary disorders.
Folk medicineBetelnut's use in folk medicine extends to smallpox, cholera and sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis. One traditional remedy claims that 'immortality can be attained by consuming a decoction of this plant...'. Externally the 'nuts' are used for treating wounds, ulcers and sores.
This information is provided for general interest only. It is not intended as guidance for medicinal use. Further information on using herbal medicines is available.