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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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Nagori K, Singh MK, Kumar T, Dewangan D, Badwaik H, Tripathi DK (2011) Piper betle L.
Tennyson S, Arivoli S, Raveen R, Bobby M, Dhinamala K (2012) Larvicidal activity of Areca catechu, Nicotiana tabacum and Piper betle leaf extracts against the dengue vector Aedes aegypti (L.
Glucose tolerance property of methanol extract of Piper betle leaves was determined as per the procedure previously described by Joy and Kuttan (1999) with minor modifications.
Pro-apoptotic effect of the landrace Bangla Mahoba of Piper betle on Leishmania donovani may be due to the high content of eugenol.
The leaves of Piper betle are used for treatment of constipation in children in India (Shalini et al.
Piper betle was used in the present study along with Bombax ceiba for treatment of being touched with 'evil wind', but used for treatment of passing of semen with urine in the previous report.
Leaves of this plant were used in combination with leaves of Piper betle for treatment of diabetes.
Among the plant species obtained, Centella asiatica, Alocasia macrorrhizos, Momordica charantia, Diospyros peregrina, Tamarindus indica, Musa sapientum, and Piper betle were occasionally cultivated around homesteads for personal consumption or commercial purposes.