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Arjuna Tree Overview

Terminalia arjuna is one of the most popular plants commonly prescribed for cardiovascular problems in Ayurvedic medicine.

Biological Description

We know this plant as Arjuna or Arjun and White Marudah or Murdh, though its Latin name is Terminalia arjuna. It belongs to the Combretaceae family, which embraces several very alike species.

Terminalia arjuna is quite a tall tree (up to 100 feet). The crown is large with drooping branches. The tree bears conical evergreen sub-opposite leaves, dull green above and pale brown beneath. They have crenulated margin and two glands near the petiole.

The bark is smooth and grey outside and reddish from the inside. It is thick and soft and is said to possess medicinal properties.

In spring and summer the tree is in bloom (usually from April to July), bearing the spikes of small white or yellow flowers. The fruits are woody and glabrous, ovoid-oblong, with five wings.   

Growing

Being native to India, Arjuna can be found almost in every part of the country. The largest populations, however, grow in the Himalayan region and in the east of the country. Arjun does well on the river banks, preferring light deep sandy soils and alluvial loams. The tree needs much loose moisture, with good drainage at the same time.

Parts Used

Thick, soft bark of the Arjun tree, which peels in large thin sheets, is said to contain a number of elements beneficial for the human health, thus it has been used for centuries in the traditional medicine of India.

Market

These days, Arjuna remedies are usually available in the form of tablets or capsules filled with the powdered bark.

Action

The bark of Terminalia arjuna is known to contain phytosterols (ß-sitosterol), ellagic and oleanolinic acids, magnesium, zinc, copper and tannins. The whole tree is so rich on calcium that even the soil it grows on becomes rich on this element too. One of the most promising constituents of the Arjun bark is arjunic acid, belonging to triterpenoid saponins. A glycoside arjunetin has recently been isolated from the bark and enlarged the list of glycosides found in this tree. Arjuna also contains coenzyme Q10.

White Marudah is believed to be a powerful cardiovascular protector, capable of improving a large number of heart conditions, like angina, heart failure, heart attack, and others. It is a cardio-stimulant and tonic, diuretic and prostaglandin enhancer, anti-hypertensive and anti-ischemic agent. Saponin glycosides are believed to improve the pumping activity of the heart and stimulate cardiac muscle function.

Flavonoids in the bark are said to strengthen blood vessels and have antioxidant activity. They may be the reason for normalizing bad cholesterol level in the body and regulating blood pressure.    

The latest studies of Arjuna bark indicate that it also possesses antibacterial properties and can be used to eliminate Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, which causes gonorrhoea, and may have influence on chlamydia, which is associated with atherosclerosis.

Health Benefits

The oldest known use of Arjuna is as a cardiovascular tonic to treat congestive heart failure, angina pain, heart attack, and coronary artery disease. Hypertension and tachycardia are relieved with the powdered bark as well. Hypercholesterolemia (increased levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides) is also effectively improved with Arjuna bark. Its constituents are also helpful against edema – a condition, when the access fluid accumulates in the ankles and legs.

It is reported that the powder of the Arjuna bark may be helpful against stomach ulcers caused by NSAIDs use (common and popular pain-killers). It is also suggested that this remedy may be taken to treat asthma.

Finally, sexually transmitted diseases may be eliminated with Arjuna. At least, the latest research reports about the possibility to use the tree’s bark to get rid of gonorrhea. However, further research is necessary to discover what other conditions may be improved with White Marudah.

To make a conclusion, it should be added that the effectiveness of the treatment with Arjuna depends on the dose of the supplement taken; thus, a patient should always be guided by an experienced herbalist concerning the plan (dosing, duration) of the treatment.

Testimonials
Krishna
2012-06-08 05:28:31
What is the other medicinal form of Arjuna Tree
Heart Attack Survivor
2012-04-18 22:20:13
After my heart attack I fell into heart failure caused by pneumonia. This herb for me at least almost put me in the grave. If it wasn't for me taking Bentonite Clay powder in water calling it back out of my system I wouldn't be here today. I don't think anyone in complete heart failure should take this herb. Or, if they do, take a small amount to see if your heart tolerates it. If you start feeling ill, you MUST call it back out of your system. Have this clay in water standing-by in case you begin feeling ill.
Ahmad
2011-05-04 17:47:41
Arjun Tree bark has got tested medicinal effects for CARDIAC illnesses it opens blocked heart arteries.Method best tried is take a one inch by one inch piece of Dry Bark soak in one tea cup of water for whole night in morning boil the Arjun tree bark soaked piece in same one cup water for only ten minutes take out the piece and drink 20 minutes before Breakfast.Dry the piece and use same way for three days( Mean one piece can be used for three days) it should be taken for 21 days only.With the grace of God wonderful results will be achieved. in chronic cardiac illness repeat for 3 times with a gap of 1-3 moths. It has got no side effects or bad taste. It is cardiac TONIC
ranjan
2011-03-05 10:08:57
Kindly let me know the genaral doses of dry arjuna bark powrer for keeping the heart in good shape
Cwee
2010-08-07 10:22:46
I am having very good results with lowing of my blood pressure and stabilization of pulse rate on this supplement. Have had hypertension for years as well as A. Fib. and cardiac valve prolapses. Thanks for the info.
bigal2
2010-08-06 18:35:26
Can this herb be purchased in Australia
raju
2010-08-05 20:26:40
how and how much to take arjuna bark powder in natural form
VeeKey
2010-01-28 05:47:03
It is very good .Give the information about the cosumption in natural form .
VeeKey
2010-01-28 05:42:28
How and how much to take Arjuna bark powder in natural form ?
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