12 Reasons You Should Chew Paan or Betel Leaves

12 Reasons You Should Chew Paan or Betel Leaves

Health benefits has been extensively used in Ayurveda.  The betel leaf has many medicinal benefits . Chewing paan or betel leaves , many a times is frowned upon. But here are 12 reasons you should chew paan or betel leaves regularly.

Improves digestion: Chewing betel leaves takes a lot of effort and ‘works’ your salivary gland. It stimulates the release of saliva which makes it easy to digest naturally. Natural substances like ginger, figs, fennel etc. are also known to improve digestion.

Prevents carcinogenesis : Ascorbic acid is an excellent antioxidant to reduce free radicals in the body, thus preventing cancer.  Chewing betel leaves maintains the levels of ascorbic acid in the saliva.
Maintain good oral hygiene: Betel leaves have various compounds which have bactericidal effects that help in destroying bad breath causing bacteria.


An aphrodisiac: Chewing paan right before having sex makes the process more enjoyable because of its aphrodisiac properties.


Gastric ulcers: Extracts of betel leaves are known to have gastroprotective activity and help in preventing gastric ulcers.
Treatment of warts: Betel leaves are a major component in various Ayurvedic medicines used in treating warts.

Cures boils: They are widely used in Ayurveda for treating boils. Betel leaves are warmed till slightly softer and coated with a castor oil and placed over the boil. This treatment is known to rupture the boil and drain it.

Treats diabetes: Extracts of betel leaves are known to have anti-diabetic property which control blood sugar levels.
Treats cough: Betel leaf extract mixed with honey is known to relieve cough. It also helps removing phlegm from the chest.

Relieves headache: Betel leaf is also known to have analgesic properties. Hence applying it over the affected area is known to effectively reduce headache.

Heals wounds: Juice of betel leaves, when applied over a wound and bandaged with betel leaves is known to heal within two days.

Cures constipation: Stalk of betel leaves dipped in castor oil, when introduced in the rectum, effectively relieves constipation.