Effects of consumption of thamboolam (conventional betel chewing) in Traditional Siddha Medicine
Walter, Thomas M. and Sofia, Nalini H. (2007) Effects of consumption of thamboolam (conventional betel chewing) in Traditional Siddha Medicine. Siddhapapers.
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"Thamboolam" is a name referred to betel leaf, areca nut and slaked lime taken together or considered as a whole in Traditional Indian systems of Medicine namely Siddha and Ayurveda. Areca nut is the seed of the fruit of the oriental palm, Areca catechu. Thin slices of the nut, either natural or processed, may be mixed with a variety of substances including slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) and spices such as cardamom, coconut, and saffron. Areca nut has a long history of use and is deeply ingrained in many sociocultural and religious activities. Betel chewing is considered as a good and cheep source of dietary calcium. The therapeutic uses of all the three ingredients as per the Traditional Indian Medicine along with the method of consuming 'Thamboolam' are discussed in detail.
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