Areca catechu Linn.

Primary Characteristics

Primary Characteristics

Areca catechu Linn.belongs to Palmae, family.
The Arabic Names for this herb are Fofil Khasab, Fofil Mufawwar.
The English Name for this herb is Betel Nut.
The Urdu Names for this herb are Chaliya, Fofil, Supari.

Pharmacological Actions


  • Abortifacient

  • Nut:
  • Anthelmintic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Astringent
  • Bronchial Constrictor
  • Digestive
  • Emmenagogue
  • Gastric Stimulant
  • Gum Strengthening
  • Laxative
  • Masticatory
  • Repercussive
  • Resolvent
  • Sialagogue
  • Stimulant

  • Indications

    The Indications of Leaves of Areca catechu Linn. are Bronchitis, Lumbago.

    The Indications of Nut of Areca catechu Linn. are Bowel Complaints, Epiphora, Bleeding Gums, Diarrhoea, Ulcers, Conjunctivitis, Pyrosis, Urinary Disorders, Eye Inflammation, Dysentery.

    The Indications of Root(Decoction) of Areca catechu Linn. are Leucorrhoea, Sore Lips, Liver Diseases, Bleeding Gums.

    No Contra Indication information is available for Areca catechu Linn..


    The Temperament of Areca catechu Linn. is 2nd order, cold and dry.

    Available Brands

    BrandManufacturer/Mnf. Representative
    HABB-E-HAMALHamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan
    MAJUN MOCHRASHamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan
    SANOON MUQAWW-E-DANDANHamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan
    SANOON POST MUGHILANHamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan
    SUPARIPAKHamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan
    TONZILHamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan

    Compound Preparations

    Areca catechu Linn. is used in the preparation of Hab Hamal, Hab Limun, Ma'jun Kalan, Ma'jun Mochrus, Ma'jun Nishara-i-Aajwali, Ma'jun Supari, Sunun Post Mughlian compounds.


    Whole Herb3.000g - 5.000gN/A

    Herb's Description

    Areca catechu Linn. is a tree, 40-60 ft long, and errect
    Areca catechu Linn.'s Leaves, 4-6 ft long, pinnate shaped. upper pinnae are confluent. The lower portion of the petiole is expanded in to a broad, tough, sheath-like growth.
    Areca catechu Linn.'s Stem: smooth in texture, whitish in color. Surrounded by a crown of pinnate leaves.
    Areca catechu Linn.'s Flowers. the inflorescence is a spadix encased in a spath and comprises a much branched rachis which bears both male and female flowers. The female flowers are small while male flowers are much longer.
    Areca catechu Linn.'s Fruits: hard in texture, ovoid in shape, brightly orange in color, size is usually 1.5-2 x 2-2.5 inches. The pericap (65%) is hard and fibrous and the kernal (seed, 35%) called the Areca nut, is about 1-1.5 inches in diameter and grayish-brown in color. It is reddish brown lines because of its ruminate albumen.

    Taste Odor & Occurrence

    Occurence: It is native of Malaysia. It occurs in Western & Eastern India.. In India it is found near coasts or on hills.
    Odor: The odor of Nut of Areca catechu Linn. is Aromatic
    Nut: Astringent,Slightly Acrid


    No information regarding Areca catechu Linn.'s substitute is currently available.

    Active Constituents

    Areca catechu Linn.'s Active constituents:


    No information regarding Areca catechu Linn.'s antidot is currently available.

    Warning & Precautions

    As large as 30 grams of betel nut is practically reported to be non-toxic, however fresh-nut which is cmmonly not used in medicines is somewhat intoxicating and may produce giddiness in some individuals. Regarded as causing roughness in the pectoral region and may become a cause of kidney and bladder stones.


    Currently no Toxicity information is available for Areca catechu Linn.. (work in progress)