- Areca Seed
- Arecae Semen
|Medicinal Group||Worm-expelling medicinal|
Dried ripe seed of Areca catechu L. (Fam. Palmae)
|Nature and Flavors||pungent, bitter; warm|
|Meridian Affinity||Stomach, Large intestine|
To kill worms, remove undigested food, direct qi downward, promote the flow of fluid, and interrupt malaria
Taeniasis, ascariasis, fasciolopsiasis; abdominal pain due to intestinal parasitosis; diarrhea and tenesmus due to accumulation of undigested food; edema and weakness of the legs; malaria
- Areca catechu has potential for the treatment of many diseases, especially parasitic diseases, digestive function disorders, and depression.
- Peng W, Liu YJ, Wu N, Sun T, He XY, Gao YX, Wu CJ. (2015). Areca catechu L. (Arecaceae): a review of its traditional uses, botany, phytochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology. J Ethnopharmacol , 22;164:340-56. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.02.010. Epub 2015 Feb 12.