Arjuna, also known as the “Arjun tree”, is a widely grown in India. It has various medicinal properties like antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Arjuna helps reduce the risk of heart diseases. It strengthens and tones the heart muscles and helps in the proper functioning of the heart. Arjuna tree also has strong anti-hypertensive properties and helps reduce high blood pressure. Arjuna also helps control diarrhoea, asthma and cough.
External application of Arjuna bark helps manage various skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, itching and rashes.
Arjuna is an amazing heart tonic and cardioprotective herb. It is potent in strengthening the cardiac muscles, improving coronary artery blood flow and preventing the heart muscle from ischemic damage. A decoction of Arjuna with milk is a best-known cardiac tonic. Arjuna strengthens and tones the circulatory system, rejuvenates the soft tissues, and promotes the proper function of the heart muscle.
Controls Blood Pressure
Arjuna’s properties support maintaining healthy cholesterol levels already within the normal range, balanced blood pressure, and proper coagulation in the blood. A healthy flow of blood Arjuna bark is potential in lowering blood pressure. It helps to dilate and relax the blood vessels, thereby helping it to maintain blood pressure at a normal range.
Arjuna has also been traditionally used to support the emotional heart, promoting balance for those experiencing grief and sadness. It is said to give courage, strengthen the will, and fortify the heart to accomplish our goals. Furthermore, arjuna has been said to act energetically on the heart chakra, increasing love and devotion.
The strong anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants present in Arjuna shield the body against the harmful effects of toxins. Arjuna is an effective herb that is beneficial in slowing down ageing. Furthermore, it can fight chronic inflammation and boost overall health and well-being.
Regulates Blood Sugar
The host of plant compounds, tannins, saponins, and flavonoids present in the Arjuna tree helps in glucose metabolism and controls the sudden spike in blood glucose levels.
Arjuna is a wonderful wound healing compound; the presence of tannins helps in reducing the size of the wounds. It repairs the wounds faster by speeding the turnover of collagen production. Traditionally the bark is ground into a paste and applied over the wound to speed healing.
Angina is pain that happens when the heart does not get enough oxygen. Terminalia by mouth with conventional medications improves symptoms in people experiencing chest pain after a heart attack. Angina usually occurs when the heart is working hard, such as during exercise, but it can also occur randomly.
Arjuna benefits the delicate gut system by helping to strengthen and maintain the integrity of gastric mucosa (the lining of the stomach). This is important as it defends against acid attacks. This versatile herb also has strong antibacterial qualities, particularly effective against helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori). These well-known bacteria can live in the digestive tract and cause ulcers, gastritis and other stomach infections.
Liver and Kidney Health
The powerful antioxidants found in Arjuna also improve liver and kidney function, helping these organs flush toxins out of the body whilst encouraging bile production (in the liver). It protects the liver and kidneys by increasing oxidative ant activities and is especially indicated in the treatment of liver cirrhosis. Arjuna helps reduce excess pitta in the liver and skin, supporting proper liver function and a healthy, clear complexion.
Arjuna can balance excess Kapha and pitta in the lungs for clear, calm breathing.
When taken as tea, arjuna has been used to support healthy digestion.
Healthy reproductive tissues
Arjuna’s astringency can support healthy and balanced reproductive tissue, known in Ayurveda as Shukra dhat describe (both the male semen and the female egg)
• Terminalia by mouth with conventional medications for 2 weeks improves symptoms in people with CHF.
• For maximum benefits in heart problems, Arjuna chaal boiled in milk should be taken 1-2 times a day.
• Mix it with honey/water and eat it after lunch or dinner.
Arjuna is not recommended during pregnancy. If you are nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition, it’s important to first consult with your health care practitioner before incorporating arjuna into your daily routine.
Because of its drying nature, arjuna can exacerbate constipation.