Areca Husk ( 大腹皮 ) ...Chinese Herb ...

Latin Plant Name

Arecae Catechu

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Da Fu Pi

Common English Name

Betel Husk

Part of Plant Used

Dried fruit husk of betel nut


Slightly warm



Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach, Large Intestine, Small Intestine

Common Usages

This herb is most often used in formulas that treat bloating and congestion in the digestive tract, regulate digestion, promote urination, and treat general edema (TCM: for stagnant Qi and dampness). May also be used in some formulas to treat worms due to its paralyzing effect on tapeworms in the bowel.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Moves Qi and reduces stagnation; expels dampness; promotes urination and moves dampness.

Common Formulas Used In


Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Use cautiously where there is Qi deficiency.

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