Author(s): Rahul Shukla, Sandeep Sachan, Ashutosh Mishra, Sankul Kumar
Pan consists of leaf of Piper betle Linn. (Family; Piperaceae); a dioecious, perinnial creeper, climbing by many short adventitious rootlets, widely cultivated in hotter and damper parts of the count ry. The plant is prescribed in the ancient Ayurvedic literature as a general tonic and voice, laxative, appetizer, beside this they pacify vata and aggravate pitta. In addition to these, the aphrodisiac effect of betel chewing has been indicated in ancient texts. The scrutiny of present overview revealed pharmacognostical, phytochemical and some notable pharmacological activities of the plant.