Sanskrit name: Puga
Botanical name: Areca catechu
Habitat: Areca catechu is found in the Tropical Pacific, Asia and Eastern parts of Africa.
- Rasac(tatse): Astringent
- Virya (action): Cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effects):Pungent
- Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta and vata, increases kapha
Areca nut or Betel nut contains tannins, phenolics, alkaloids. According to Ayurveda Areca nuts has anti depressant properties and helps in regulating blood pressure. It regulates the metabolic activities which further helps in reducing the risk of digestive system disorders. It also contains high amount of anti-oxidants and increases immunity in the body.