- By arifdewantara
- On 20/05/2016
Piper betle for Health
Piper betle known as sirih in Indonesia has been used for antiseptic to teeth since thousand years ago. The leaves of this plant are mixed with other materials and chewed on mouth during the day until the teeth changes from white to yellow. The name of this habit is betel chewing, and Indonesian people especially Javanese called this habit as Nginang. Not only Indonesian has this tradition, but also other Asian like Thailand and Taiwan has it. They all believe that chewing this “kinang” can help their teeth keep clean, health and strong.
What Benefits Of Betel Chewing For Human Teeth?
When some people look at the yellow mouth for the first time, many of them will feel weird and disgusted, but if they know about its all benefits, I am sure that they will feel amazed. But from where these benefits are obtained? It comes from some of the natural ingridients that has particular chemical compound and have specific property for health. So,what are the natural ingridients of kinang? In addition to the Piper Betle leaf, the other ingredients among other Lime Paste, Gambier, and Betel Palm.
a. Lime Paste
Lime paste has chemical name Calcium Hydroxide with chemical structural Ca(OH)2. The compound is soluable in water and due to the functional cluster of –OH (hydroxide) led the compound to have base property so that it can neutralize acid compound that can be potentially damaging human teeth.
This plant has high concentration of cathecin as an antioxidant agent that can reduce amount of free radical attracked human healthy. Beside this action, antioxidant agent of gambier can also solve all problems such as sariawan and dry lips. Because of this, teeth changed from white to yellow when chewing.
c. Betel Palm
Betel Nut or famous as Betel Palm has a tannin as an adstringent and haemostatic properties that can help stopping blood and tightenning gum.
d. Piper Betle
There are lot of natural components on piper betle leaves with each specific properties. The antioxidant properties of Piper Betle is due to large quantities of phenolic content, whereas antifungal is due to eugenol found on fresh leaves. Beside this, Piper betle has properties as antiseptic due to Chavicol content and the bioactive molecule thought to be responsible for antibacterial activity of piper betle is Sterol content which has been obtained in large quantities. Since it has a great potency to act as antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic, this leaves has been believed could help sloving all problem on mouth especially for teeth so that has been used to wrap up all ingredients to kinang.
Usabilities Of Piper Betle
The other habit using piper betle leaf for health is washing the organs of womanhood. For many years, people have developed this habits to eliminate their fluor albus (white dischare) and unpleasant smell of the genital due to antibacterial and antifungal action of Piper betle leaf. As much as 7-10 sheets of Piper betle leaf has been boiled in 1 liter of water until the color of water changes, then removed the leaves. They used boiled water to wash the genital and they did routinely every day until all problems solved. Etiher the usabities of piper betle on this habits or betel chewing, has inspired some of companies to develop health product.
Piper betle known as sirih in Indonesia
Piper betle known as sirih in Indonesia has been used for antiseptic to teeth since thousand years ago. The leaves of this plant are mixed with other materials and chewed on mouth during the day until the teeth changes from white to yellow. The name of this habit is betel chewing, and Indonesian people especially Javanese called this habit as Nginang. Not only Indonesian has this tradition, but also other Asian like Thailand and Taiwan has it. They all believe that chewing this kinang (chew of betel) can help their teeth keep clean, healthy and strong.