Arjuna - (Terminalia arjuna)
The arjuna tree grows to about 60 to 70 feet tall and is found in India, Ceylon, Sri Lanka and Myanmar in Himalyan forests. The herb is used in Ayurvedic medicine and has been for over 3,000 years. Many studies have been done on this herb to confirm its efficacy for the ailments for which it is prescribed. These include studies that have provided positive evidence that this herb is an excellent source of antioxident which would be useful as a supplement for cardiovascular problems.
Key Medicinal Uses
Internally Arjuna is used to treat cardiovascular diseases like angina, congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. It can be useful with hypertension (high blood pressure) and tachycardia (fast heartbeat). Taking this herb as part of a proper program actually strengthens the heart muscle and helps maintain proper heart function. It may also be helpful for artheriosclerosis. It is also a mild diuretic and is useful for urinary tract infections and renal stones.
It can reduce the after effects of stress and nervousness. It has the ability to stop the blood from absorbing cholesterol. The bark can help the liver and enhances prostaglandin production. It also has anti-coagulation properties. Arjuna has also been used to relieve excessive menstrual bleeding. The antioxidant action within the herb is similar to vitamin E.
Herbs to Combine/Supplement
When used in conjunction with vasa leaves (Adhatoda vasica), it is useful for coughs, including tubercular coughs. It may be combined with hawthorn, salvia and guggul for a comprehensive cardiac treatment.
Bark The bark is used to treat cardiac problems. It is made into tincture, tablets, capsules, and other forms of herbal preparations.
As long as it is taken according to directions, arjuna has no side effects or known drug interactions. Pregnant women and children under the age of 12 might want to use caution just in case.
Preparation and Dosage
Commercial preparations are widely available. Follow the directions on the bottle, which usually state 1 to 2 capsules two times per day after meals. This herb is slow-acting, so allow several weeks to see any results.