In Thailand and China the roots are crushed and blended with salt to relieve toothache.
In Indonesia leaves are chewed with betel nut, and the masticated juice swallowed for relief from coughs and asthma.
In Pakistan and India it is chewed after meals and is believed to help in digestion and liver cleansing.
A lady rang the farm seeking a betel leaf plant, and shared how it is used in her homeland of Indonesia. She said it is valued as a natural antibiotic, and drunk as a tea daily to benefit health. This tea is also used to keep the body free of unpleasant smells of perspiration and menstrual odour. She said, it is also valued by people (particularly senior citizens) to keep teeth and gums strong and healthy.
To make the tea, take 2 cups of water and bring to the boil in a saucepan. Drop in 7 mature size leaves, and simmer until the liquid has evaporated down to approximately one glass. Strain and drink daily.