arjuna herb
Terminalia arjuna improves cardio muscle function and can be effective for angina, coronary, and artery diseases if used over a period of time. Ingestion Arjuna over a period of time ensures significant cardiac protection in myocardial infarction commonly known as heart attack. The herb is also proven to be helpful in the vasodilatation of blood vessels in chronic smokers and is also known to dissolve plaque clogging the arteries.

Also believed to be a natural liver tonic, Arjuna regulates cholesterol by decreasing LDL levels in the liver. It is advocated by Ayurveda as a liver tonic. The extracts of Arjuna are known to help in strengthening the heart muscles, relieving stress, and hypertension. Arjuna is also thought to fortify the central nervous system and to quicken individual reflexes.

Indigenous to India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, Arjuna is found mostly in marshy areas and can grow to a height of 60 feet. The tree possesses laghu (light) and ruksh (dry) and an abundance of kashaya (astringent) Rasa. The presence of these properties make in efficacious for the treatment of Pitta and Kapha aggravation.

All parts of the tree are used in Ayurveda for medicinal purposes. However the milky sap in the bark of the tree is the most essential component of herbal medicines and contains a valuable alkaloid named Arjunine. Other chemicals in the tree include Arjunetin, Lactone, sugars and several essential oils.

Arjuna has astringent, aphrodisiac and anti-oxidant properties that stimulate a number of reactions in the body, that enhance its overall functioning. Externally, this herb is used to treat acne, blemishes, wounds and dysentery.  Used in Ayurvedic herbalism for over 3 centuries, arjunolic acid found in Arjuna is very useful in controlling cholestrol and lowering it. The bark of Arjuna also has mild diuretic properties. It is also used in treatment of liver cirrhosis.