Health Benefits of Arjuna BarkAyurvedic practitioners have traditionally used arjuna bark to support the heart and to improve circulation. To that end, arjuna supports cardiovascular health in a number of ways.
Reducing CholesterolArjuna is known to be effective at helping to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Some people have experienced as much as a 64% reduction in their total cholesterol levels, with LDL (bad) cholesterol levels dropping by more than 25% on average.
Arjuna Bark Blood Pressure BenefitsHigh cholesterol levels can elevate an individual's blood pressure. This is one of the reasons why arjuna can help to reduce blood pressure in the body.
Arjuna Boosts Cardiovascular HealthGiven the ways in which arjuna enhances cardiovascular health, it has may be used to manage conditions such as angina, coronary artery disease, and various forms of heart failure. It's important to note that arjuna works best as a preventive measure, and would likely not actually be useful for helping to reverse the damage done by a heart attack or something similar—though it can be useful for repairing the damage done by atherosclerosis. If you have heart disease and are curious about using arjuna, it is always wise to consult with your doctor, as well as a trained herbalist or Ayurvedic practitioner.
Essential Facts About Arjuna BarkNames
- Botanical name: Terminalia arjuna
- Sanskrit: Arjuna, Dhanvi
- Hindi: Arjun, Arjuna, or Koha
- English: White marudah
- Other: Sadada, Sadura, Kakubha, "Guardian of the heart"
- Rasa (taste): Astringent and bitter
- Guna (qualities): Light, dry
- Virya (actions): Cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
- Effect on doshas: Tridoshic, but not indicated for Kapha-Pitta