Arjuna is a unique herb that helps in maintenence of a healthy heart and reduction of nervousness, stress and anxiety. It is credited with several therapeutic properties, both in Ayurvedic and Unani Systems. It has been considered by the Ayurvedic physicians as well as by the modern practitioners as a cardiac tonic. Vagbhatta was the first to prescribe use of arjuna’s treating cardio vascular diseases the bark in heart diseases.
Also Known As:
Arjuna, Axjun Argun, Bahera, Bahira, Bala Harade, Balera, Behada, Beleric Myrobalan, Bihara, Chebulic Myrobalan, Hara, Harada, Haritaki, He Zi, Hirala, Indian Almond, Myrobalan. Terminalia arjuna; Terminalia bellirica, synonym Terminalia belerica; Terminalia chebula.
In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, He Zi/Terminalia belerica has been used as a “health-harmonizer” in combination with Terminalia chebula and Emblica officinalis. This combination is also used to lower cholesterol and to prevent necrosis of cardiac tissue. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Terminalia arjuna has been used to balance the three humors, kapha, pitta, and vata. It has also been used for asthma, bile duct disorders, scorpion stings, and for poisonings.
What is Arjuna?
Botanical Name : Terminalia Arjuna
English Name: White Marudah
Hindi: Arjun, Arjuna, Koha, Kahu, Arjan
Marathi: Arjuna, Arjun Sadada, Sadura
Sanskrit: Arjuna, Dhanvi, Indradruma, Kakubha, Karvirak.
Family : Combretaceae
Botany: Tree up to 25 meter hight; bark grey, smooth; leaves sub-opposite, 5?4 ?2?.5 cm., oblong or elliptic oblong, glabrous, often inequilateral, margin often crenulate, apex obtuse or sub-acute, base rounded or sometimes cordate; petioles 0.5?.2cm; glands usually two. Flowers small, white. Fruit 2.3?.5 cm long, fibrous woody, glabrous with 5 hard wings, striated with numerous curved veins. Flowering time April July in Indian conditions. Seeds hard germination 50?6 days (50?0%)
Habitat: Terminalia Arjuna is a deciduous tree (about 60-70 feet height), is abundantly found in India and Ceylon, also in Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
Arjuna Health Benefits:
Hypolipidemic: enhances the elimination of cholesterol by accelerating the turnover of LDL-cholesterol in the liver. Lowers beta-lipoprotein lipids and the recovery of HDL components in hyperlipidemia
Cardiac stimulant: Strengthens the heart muscles and maintains the heart functioning properly.
Hypotensive: Due to its hypolipidemic activity and also the diuretic property it acts against hypertension.
Astringent & Haemostatic.
Has prostaglandin enhancing and coronary risk modulating properties.
Arjuna Uses/ Indications:
Cardiomyopathy like Myocardial infraction, angina, coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension. In case of heart attack though it can not act against, like streptokinase or eurokinase, but regular use of it after just recovering from heart attack, reduces the chance of further attack to a great level. Besides no such Toxicity or side effects has so far be found it can be advocated to use in regular basis for a strong and well functioning heart.
Arjuna can help lower Cholesterol as much as 64% – people taking Arjuna preparation saw their LDL levels plummet by an average of 25.6%. In animal studies with extremely high blood fats, LDL levels dropped from 493 to 162 ,after 60 days. That’s a whopping 64 percent drop. Plus, HDL cholesterol (the good stuff) actually increased.
Arjuna reduces angina episodes much better than nitroglycerin – In one study, angina episodes were cut in half by the Arjuna, with none of the nasty side effects. Plus, it can be used as long as you like, without fear it’ll stop working.