Areca nut has been Used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Ayurveda says that the taste of an areca nut is a mix of bitter (Kashaya) and sweet (madhura), dry (ruksha), and cold. As the areca nut is digested, its taste changes from sweet to pungent. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, painkiller, ulcer fighter, and neuroprotectant.
According to Ayurveda, areca nut plays a key part of balancing pitta and kapha doshas and also helps digestion. It is also a great Food for mastication.