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betel

(bē`təl), masticatory made from slices of betel palm seeds (called betel nuts) smeared onto a betel pepper leaf together with other aromatic flavorings and lime paste and rolled up. The betel palmpalm,
common name for members of the Palmae, a large family of chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines. Most species are treelike, characterized by a crown of compound leaves, called fronds, terminating a tall, woody, unbranched stem.
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 (Areca catechu) and the betel pepper (Piper betle of the pepperpepper,
name for the fruits of several unrelated Old and New World plants used as spices or vegetables or in medicine. Old World (True) Peppers

Black pepper (Piper nigrum
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 family) are native to and widely cultivated in S Asia, where betel has been chewed since ancient times and is an article of considerable commerce. Betel contains alkaloids that increase the heart rate and induce a sense of euphoria. Habitual chewing stains the teeth and is linked to oral cancer.

betel

an Asian piperaceous climbing plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed, with the betel nut, by the peoples of SE Asia
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Earlier the betel leaves grown in Gorakhpur were sent to Lucknow, Delhi, Kolkata and Varanasi.
Betel quid is freshly prepared by the user or a vendor.
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Contrary to betel nut and some of its constituents, there is an absolute dearth of pharmacological activity studies on effect of betel leaf and stem extracts.
Betel chewing has a very long history, not just in Southeast Asia but in China and India.
People chewing and spitting betel nuts is common in the country but leaves behind a red stain wherever they choose to aim.
This prohibition also applies to the leaves, betel nut and other condiments, which are used in the preparation of 'paan'.
Betel chewing is well recognised as being associated with the pathogenesis of oral submucous fibrosis (OSF) (2).
In Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea, smoking, alcohol consumption, and chewing of betel quid or areca nut with or without tobacco are the predominant causes of oral cancer.
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Finally he takes readers to the Sylhet region for small-scale betel leaf agroforestry and linkages between livelihoods of forest villagers and forest conservation.