Indian Herbal Medicine: Arjuna

For about 3,000 years, the bark of the arjuna tree has been used in Indian herbal medicinal treatments with special emphasis placed on remedying the heart. The use of arjuna has been traced back to the 7th century AD when an Indian physician by the name of Vagbhata prescribed arjuna for heart disease. In this article, you will learn the traditional and current uses of the tree.

Attractive in appearance, the arjuna tree is an evergreen that grows to reach a height of 100 feet. Decorated with pale yellow flowers and cone-shaped leaves, the tree is found throughout most part of the Indian subcontinent, including Sri Lanka and the foothills of the Himalayas. Thriving in wet, marshy regions, the tree also enjoys growing by riverbanks. When using the tree as a natural remedy, it is the bark that is cut during the late part of winter for use in treatments.

Research on Arjuna

Since the 1930’s, India has furthered their interest in arjuna, as researchers have investigated the properties of the tree for use in treating heart conditions, increasing heart rate, and maintaining a healthy blood pressure. When the blood supply is at its poorest to the heart, arjuna has been used to create results. Conditions that have responded to arjuna include ischemic heart disease and angina. Research in India also suggests that arjuna can be used to lower high blood cholesterol levels.

Uses of Arjuna

Traditionally, arjuna has been used as a heart tonic. A great deal of information has been gathered that sees arjuna as a suitable treatment method for heart failure and edema , when fluid collects in the legs and ankles. When the juice is extracted from the leaves of the tree, arjuna has served as a traditional remedy for an earache. Some people have even used the tree as an aphrodisiac.

In Ayurvedic medicine, the tree has been used to restore balance when any of the three humors (kapha, vata, or pitta) shows excess. When prepared as a decoction, the root can treat diarrhea and dysentery. If you are suffering from bile duct problems, Ayurvedic medicine suggests arjuna. Other uses for the bark include the treatment of poisoning and scorpion stings.

In modern times, arjuna is known throughout the heart doctor community, as it has shown promise in treating poor coronary circulation, abnormal heart rhythms, high blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and heart disease prevention.

Preparing Arjuna

If you are interested in taking arjuna as a natural remedy, it is important to first consult a doctor or a professional that is experience in herbal treatments. Herbalists can create remedies, such as a decoction that treats poor circulation to the heart. Tinctures have been known to work wonders on angina patients. In a powdered form, the bark has served as a traditional treatment for asthma patients following the advice of an Ayurvedic physician.