Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2019)
A review on areca catechu plant
Author(s): Nishant Patel, Mayur Patel, Prashant Patel, HP Suryawanshi, GM Chavan
Abstract: Areca catechu L. is a species of palm which grows much of tropical Pacific, Asia, and parts of Africa. The palm is believed to have originated in the Philippines and is widely cultivated in several South Asian and Southeast Asian countries. The seeds of areca nut have been widely used in clinical practices. Areca nut has an important place in the ancient Indian system of medicine such as Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy. It is traditionally used in a number of ailments for its Laxative, Digestive, Carminative, Antiulcer, Antidiarrhoeal, Anthelmintic, Antimalarial, Antihypertension, Diuretic, Antibacterial, Hypoglycemic, Antiheartburn activities. Areca leaves also gives Antidiabetic and Antinociceptive activity.Traditional use of the plant for medicinal properties is to be documented for their possible use as future medicines or drugs. There is a need for identifying native natural plant sources to acquire to their recognized medicinal properties, which may widen them to use as new therapeutics for various diseases. In the present article, it has been described about usefulness of arecanut as an herbal drug and its therapeutics application prospects.