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    Learning from the seniors for our betterment - benefits of betel leaf

    I am suffering from the bones degeneration and spondilysis. By hearing this a friend of my wife suggested to use betal leaves daily to enhance the calcium level indirectly. With that suggestion that friend offered a plant of betal also to have in the house. Accordingly we stated to use the betal leaves daily. But on the other day another person advised me not to use the betal leaves as the practice leads to mouth ulcer or cancer. Since then we stopped using the betal leaf. But to the contrary on next fews an aged lady (my mother's elder sister)from village came to our house and astonished by seeing the plant of betal leaves. But shocked on hearing from us about the stoppage and she nearly ordered me to continue with the following explanation. Using betal leaves after breakfast the supari should be more as it prevents the body heat in the daytime. Using the betal after lunch with slightly excess of lime as it control the gas in the body. Using betal leaves with excess leaves in the night after dinner prevents the flum assemble in chest.
    On hearing this I learned that there are some valuable reasons on every practice of our elders.
  • #593807
    It is said that there is no substitute for experience. A person may be very academic, qualified in his degree, brilliant, meritorious and knowledgeable but until unless he gets experience of a certain job or work he is not complete and believe me this experience comes with persistence of purpose and time and is a long drawn process.

    There are seniors around us some of whom are very experienced in their own areas and it is only after interacting with them that we come to know some astonishing things.

    In olden times the Guru (teacher) was the experienced one and the disciples learned from him the secrets of life. Guru was almost worshipped by everyone and was considered at par with God.

    The seniors around us are like Gurus in their own area of specialisation and we should not shy in sharing their expertise for our benefit.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #593816
    A betel (note the correct spelling) leaf by itself does not cause oral cancer. It helps to get saliva going, saliva being very essential for digestion, and prevents bad breath. It also does contain calcium vitamins, but I personally am not aware if it helps prevent bone degeneration and Spondylosis.

    If I am not mistaken, the problem of oral cancer will arise if the betel leaf is eaten with the white paste (don't know what it is called) which paan vendors smear thickly on it. Also, constant eating of supari may be detrimental. It is generally advised to apply something healthy, like honey or gulkhand, to the betel leaf if you do not like the taste of the leaf by itself.

    I will update the info after consulting a Dental Surgeon who specialises in the diagnosis of oral cancer.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #593825
    Earlier days after lunch people were taking pan. This pan contains betel leaves, supari and lime. This is good for digestion.The betel (Piper betle) is the leaf of a vine belonging to the Piperaceae family, which includes pepper and kava. Lime is nothing but calcium hydroxide which will prevent excess gas formation and helps for bone strength. But there are many other types of pans are available now a days. They contain various other materials which may not help much for health.

    Our parents and grand parents have studied their life more than us. They have seen many things in their life. With that experience they will be telling us many health care points like this. It is always advisable to follow.

    In our profession also we may be coming across many experienced persons and their advises on many aspects related to their profession will definitely useful for us in our similar profession.

    In colleges and universities, workshops and seminars are conducted. The idea behind this is that the experienced and educated persons will enlighten the participants with their experiences. This is very helpful for the students to uplift their knowledge on the subject.

    Yes, it is always better to seek the advise of seniors in our endeavors.

    always confident

  • #593827
    Anything excess to the requirement is injurious to health. May it be nectar or poison. Same is the case with betel leaves. Betel leaves are good for health, especially for good digestion if consumed after each meal. A good mouth wash and teeth brushing is required after eating the betel leaves with nuts and lime. I have seen many old people chewing paan regularly on a hourly basis and I see them shining with their red damaged teeth. They are sure of having mouth ulcers and cancers. So beware and be careful with betel leaves.
    No life without Sun

  • #593832
    Yes in our Hindu tradition offering betel leaves along with betel nut powder is the age old custom of looking after the guests. By chewing betel leaves, we are generating the betel juice which is helpful for the digestion of hard food which we might have taken. In those days usage of ground nut oil was more and it has gas producing content inside the stomach , so getting stomach upset was for sure. But those who have the habit of chewing betel leaves along with nut, the digestion takes place in nice manner and the reactions inside the stomach is prevented. Moreover those who chew betel leaves will have good exercise for the jaws as they keep on chewing the betel leaves. Betel leaves also work as mouth freshener and it will remove all the bad odor which was otherwise present in every mouth.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #593875
    Here's an update after consulting a specialist:
    1. The thick white paste that paan vendors apply on a betel leaf is called 'chuna'. It is lime based and is what triggers off potential cancer. Avoid totally.

    2. Some people like to eat supari with the betel leaf. This is fine as long as it is small bits (not large chunks) and is only had once in a rare while, not daily. It is best to avoid it as some people do get addicted to it and tend to have it in large quantities regularly, which is not good.

    3. People in rural areas and those of the working class tend to put a quid of paan in a corner of their mouth, generally in the cheek pouch or sometimes even under the tongue, not really chewing it even. This creates ulcers and gums problems. This is not to say that residents of towns & cities do not do this. It has become a very unhealthy habit of many people in these areas too.

    4. Constant consumption of paan with gutka (combo of crushed areca nut, tobacco & other things) and other unhealthy ingredients is extremely dangerous. It can lead to Oral Submucous Fibrosis (OSMF), which is the pre-cancerous stage of oral cancer. It is like constant smoking, another dangerous tobacco consumption habit which can lead to oral cancer.

    Betel leaf when eaten by itself is good for digestion and can be had right after lunch, chewed well. I had once also read an article which said that one could boil betel leaves in water and have it with honey as a health benefit, though not sure if this aids in slowing down bone loss.

    Anybody who has been regularly consuming tobacco in any form, such as paan-supari, smoking, etc. must visit an oral cancer specialist. Early diagnosis can help to set a course of treatment which would prevent oral cancer if it is in a very early stage. For the sake of your health, not to mention caring about your family, do that check up right away.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #593877
    In Tamilnadu, there are two types of betel leaves. One is thick (Aathur) and the other is soft(Sivakasi) . In Kerala, a different type of betel leaves is used which is large and broad. The ratio of using such betel leaves per take is as follow:

    6 Soft Sivakasi = 3 hard Aathur = 1 Kerala. The use of supari and chunna paste should be proportionate. If all the three things( Betel leaves +Supari+Chunna) are combined and chewed in good proportion, the mouth will be fully reddish. There is a good joke in it. After chewing paan, if the tongue don't get red, it means that their love is weak with their spouses.

    Like the proverb 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away', we can say 'A betel leaf a day keeps the medicines away'. Eat only betel leaves and avoid supari and chunna.

    No life without Sun

  • #593918
    In Hyderabad we have the habit of applying Kathaa to the betel leaves which enhances the red content to the tongue and also gives the feeling of mouth freshener. The more one applies the Kathaa the more redness is assured and after applying the Kathaa it is left for a while to get evenly spread over the betel leaves. But this Kathaa is not applied on all the Pans being ordered. The Pan wallahs knows the preference of each customers and those who take the pan with Zarda added, then Kathaa is the must ingredient to enhance the flavor of the Pan which costs more also.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

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