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Natural home remedy - Terminalia arjuna

Arjuna health benefits and home remedies
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The tree Terminalia, consists of three species which are used in medicine. They are Terminalia chebula (one of the herbs in Triphala, the ayurvedic preparation), Terminalia bellerica, and Terminalia arjuna. Terminalia arjuna commonly called arjuna, is said to balance the three doshas. The Indian physician Vagbhata was the first to use it for heart conditions. The arjuna is an important medicine in both the ayurvedic and unani systems of medicine. The bark of the tree is a cardiac tonic.

Botanical name - Terminalia arjuna
Sanskrit - Arjuna
Common name - Arjuna
Tamil - Neermaruthu
Hindi - Arjun

Health Benefits of Terminalia arjuna

Arjuna bark health benefits and home remedies
Arjuna bark

The bark of the arjuna tree contains flavonides, tanins, saponin and glycosides. It also contains calcium and magnesium salts. Flavonoids are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, while glycosides are a cardio tonic. The bark of the tree is also high in Co-enzyme Q-10, which improves heart function and is said to lower blood pressure. The herb also has mild diuretic, blood thinning, prostaglandin E(2) enhancing and blood lipid lowering properties.

Arjuna's health benefits for Cardiovascular Health

The herb is said to provide cardiac health. It nourishes the heart muscles. It helps in vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels) and vasodilation (opening or widening of the blood vessels), which helps in proper functioning of the circulatory systems. The bark of the tree is used for conditions like heart failure, irregular heart beat, and coronary artery disease. It strengthens the heart and is considered to be more effective than nitroglycerine. It also helps reverse hardening of the arteries. Arjuna successfully decreases angina attacks. Angina is a pain or tightness in the chest caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.1

Its efficacy as an anti-ischemic agent (Ischemic heart disease is a condition of recurring chest pain or discomfort that occurs when a part of the heart does not receive enough blood), a potent antioxidant, and an antiatherogenic agent (accumulation of lipid containing plaques on the innermost layers of the arteries) has been amply demonstrated in various experimental and clinical studies. Disadvantage of these studies is the lack of bioavailability studies, and well-designed studies to evaluate its long-term toxicity effects.2

In studies carried out on Terminalia arjuna therapy for patients with refractory chronic congestive heart failure, it was found that there was long lasting improvement in symptoms and signs of heart failure along with improvement in left ventricular ejection phase indices with definite improvement in quality of life.3

Arjuna's health benefits for Hypertension

Arjuna is used for symptomatic relief in hypertension, like giddiness, insomnia, headache, and inability to concentrate. The bark of the tree is high in Co-enzyme Q-10, which helps reduce blood pressure. Early studies 10 patients received arjuna bark powder twice a day for one month. The researchers observed improvement in the functional class, breathlessness, and overall well-being with significant diuresis, and a fall in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. A study done with abana (herbal formulation containing arjuna) in hypertensive individuals revealed an improvement in cardiac function. Arjuna as a remedy for blood pressure

Arjuna benefits for the skin

In vitro and in vivo studies show that application of T arjuna extract improved skin moisturization, reduced skin scaliness and improved skin elasticity. improved wskin thickness was noted on menopausal skin and there was visible reduction on sagging skin on jowls. It encourages sebum production thus reducing the appearance of dry skin, thus also playing an important role in controlling the symptoms of eczema.It definitely has anti-ageing properties, as the bark has powerful antioxidant properties.4

A simple DIY remedy for acne

1. Take a tsp of the arjuna bark powder or paste.

2. Add honey to it and mix well.

3. Apply it evenly to the skin and let it sit for 5 minutes. You can also apply this directly on the acne

4. Wash after 5 minutes in normal water. You can do this twice or thrice a week to get rid of acne. This also helps get rid of dark spots.

Remedy to rid of pigmentation

Take a tsp of arjuna bark powder, and add milk to it. Mix well and apply on your face evenly. Let it stay for five to six minutes. Then wash thoroughly with normal water. You can do this twice to three times a week to get rid of hyperpigmentation.

Arjuna and wound healing

It is an effective wound healer. It can be applied locally on burns. When applied on wounds, it helps prevent blood loss and helps blood clotting. The ethanolic extracts in arjuna have properties that help heal wounds.

Arjuna is a home remedy to lowers Cholesterol

Arjuna is said to have the ability to contain the blood's absorption of lipids and thus regulates cholesterol. It possesses hypolipidemic properties. Studies show dose dependant increase in the HDL to total cholesterol ratio. The bark of the Terminalis arjuna inhibits the oxidation of LDL and accelerates the turnover of LDL - cholesterol in the liver. This enhances the elimination of cholesterol from the body.

Arjuna health benefits for cough

Arjuna may be a very effective herb to manage cough due to its expectorant activity. It promotes the secretion of sputum by the lungs and thus provides relief from cough. Arjuna releases mucus and clears air passages, thus allowing us to breathe freely.

Other health benefits of Terminalia arjuna

It is a diuretic and a general tonic for liver cirrhosis. Animal studies have shown that severe cellular damage caused by HP-LPS (Helicobacter pylori lipopolysaccharide), which is a potent virulence factor in the causation of gastric ulcer and gastritis, is mitigated by the arjuna herb. This indicates the anti-ulcer effect of the herb, and its ability to combat factors that damage the gastric mucosa. It has compounds that protect DNA damage from toxins. It is also used for dysentry, STD and urinary tract diseases.

Home Remedies with Arjuna

Terminalia arjuna is available in the form of capsules, tea, extracts and tinctures.

Arjuna tea

The arjuna tea is an effective home remedy for high cholesterol, to strengthen the heart and for hypertension.

The arjuna tea preparation is based on an ayurvedic method called "ksheer pak". To make the arjuna tea, mix the coarse powder of the bark of arjuna with milk. Add double the amount of water as milk. Boil it till it reduces to the level of milk. Cool and drink twice a day. This method is used to get both, the water soluble and fat soluble phytochemicals from the herb. How to make Arjuna tea?


1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7649665

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4220499/

3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/016752739502320V

4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24008587/






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