Treatment of Taenia saginata infection with mixture of areca nuts and pumpkin seeds

Zhonghua Min Guo Wei Sheng Wu Xue Za Zhi. 1976 Jun;9(1-2):31-5.


In January and February 1974, 32 adults (20 males and 12 females) and a 13-year-old girl with taeniasis saginata were treated with the mixture of boiled areca nuts and pumpkin seeds at Mastoban, Jen-ai District, Nantou County, Taiwan. A total of 48 worms including 42 scolices were recovered from 29 cases. Side-effects were observed in 4 cases including 3 with complaints of dizziness, tinnitus, nausea and vomiting, and one with coma and abdominal pain. Mixtures of 75-150 g areca nuts and 50-100 g pumpkin seeds were judged effective and safe.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Areca*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
  • Medicine, East Asian Traditional*
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Seeds
  • Taeniasis / drug therapy*
  • Taiwan