Tambulasevana (chewing of betel) is an ancient custom in India. The benefits, methods and contraindication of Tambulasevana described in the ancient texts of Ayurveda are as below:-
Preparation of Tambula: Take two Tambula (betel leaves), one small piece of Puga (Areca nut), smear little quantity of slaked lime on betel leaves and Khadira sara (extract of Acacia catechu - known as kaca, kattha etc.) as the ideal combination. Fragrant substances like Ela (Eletteria cardamom Maton.- cardamom), Lavanga (Syzygium aromaticum- clove), Jatiphala (Myristica fragrans Houtt.- nutmeg) etc. can also be added.
Uses: According to Ayurveda, Tambulasevana is a post meal digestive stimulant, oral deodorant, natural antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, mood elevator, aphrodisiac, and nerve tonic. It relaxes the mind, creates a feeling of wellbeing and improves the vocal chords, bad breath, boils and mouth ulcers etc.
When to consume: It is indicated after getting up from sleep, after food, after bath and even after vomiting.
It is harmful to those suffering from wounds, bleeding diseases, dryness and redness of the eyes, poisoning, emaciation, unconsciousness and intoxication.
Tamaku (Tobacco) usage is not mentioned in Ayurveda and also excess usage of Tambula is not recommended for an individual.
Dr. P. Srinivas