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Arjuna bark powder
A famous cardiac tonic used in Ayurveda for a variety of heart conditions.
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WHAT IT DOES: Arjuna bark is astringent in taste, cooling in action, and light and dry in property. It is an anti-poison agent that tonifies, strengthens and protects the heart and musculo-skeletal system.
RATING: Gold Standard of Herbal Ratings
SAFETY ISSUES: None known
• Dried powder: two grams two to three times per day
• 4:1 concentrated powder extract: one gram two times per day
• 1:2 tincture: 20-40 drops two to three times per day
Arjuna bark is one of the most important heart tonics in Ayurvedic medicine, used to treat all forms of heart disease. It reduces the heart-damaging culprits of inflammation (Pitta) and mucus (Kapha), and is strong enough to protect against scorpion stings. Arjuna bark contains a fair amount of triterpenoid saponins, and cooking tends to activate these chemicals (which is why saponin-rich Chinese ginseng root is always cooked). Looking at the traditional literature, we see that for more than 1,500 years TAM doctors have boiled arjuna bark in milk or ghee to make medicine, having patients ingest it daily for up to a year.
Source: Alan Keith Tillotson, The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook, 2001
Arjuna - Terminalia arjuna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminalia_arjuna)
a - not, rjuna - twisted, means person whose mind is not twisted, innocent, unspotted, devotional mind/ arjuna brings all theses qualities to the mind
Arjun - Krishna’s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna) devotee is named Arjuna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arjuna), take daily will enhance bhakti (devotion) in your heart
Innocent and pure mind and heart - such a deep ancient connection
vipaka: katu - pungent
Action on doshas: Vata decrease
large dose - Vata increase
part used - bark - astringent, has [alkaloid]] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkaloid)
Arjuna has affinity to heart, improves tone of heart muscle and maintains cardiac electro potential (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_potential#Cardiac_action_potentials).
Arjuna is cardiac tonic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=Cardiac+tonic&sourceid=Mozilla-search) because of tannin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannin), which enhances the tone of heart muscle.
If the coronary artery (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronary_artery) is blocked (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atherosclerosis), arjuna improves circulation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_circulation) around that area.
Arjuna improves circulation to heart muscle, tx (recommended for) ischemia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ischemia), infarction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infarction).
Arjuna is recommended in angiogenesis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angiogenesis) since it helps develop new blood vessels (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_vessel) – thus Dr. Lad refers to it as “herbal by-pass” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronary_bypass_surgery).
mild analgesic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analgesic) - relieves cardiac pain, tx (recommended for) cardiac asthma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiac_asthma).
Arjuna is a cardiac analgesic and a coronary vasodilator (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasodilator and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=coronary+vasodilator&sourceid=Mozilla-search).
Arjuna slows down heart rate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_rate) - tx (recommended for) tachycardia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachycardia).
Arjuna is a blood thinner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticoagulant).
Arjuna has natural tannins that are hydrostable.
Arjuna has natural acid - ellagic acid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellagic_acid#cite_note-5) and is a mild diuretic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diuretic#Uses) and a coronary vasodilator.
Arjuna is a source of lactone.
Arjuna is a natural beta -blocker, active principle = beta sitosterol , which is also calcium channel blocker
Arjuna helps remove plaque
Arjuna decreases cholesterol, triglyceride (maintains good cholesterol)
Arjuna is a mild diuretic, reduces edema, stimulates pancreatic activities
Arjuna is astringent –> binds stools, antidysenteric
Arjuna is antipyretic, hypotensive
Arjuna is a sedative - tx cough, coronary vasodilator
Arjuna helps develop granulation tissue to heal peptic ulcer, diabetic ulcer
Arjuna regulates blood sugar - because contains tanin & lactone which both stimulate secretion of insulin, therefore action on kloma - pancreas - helps stimulate islands of langrehan so produce more insulin
Tx: safe dose = 2oo mg TID
Arjuna can be used as powder, tea, concoction, asava
ingredient in cardovite tincture
tx cold, congestion, cough , asthma (because of astringent properties)
congestive cardiac failure (cumin-coriander]-[[fennel) - one quarter to one half tsp. arjuna + 1 tsp. gold water (keep in brown bottle) BID
cardiac edema - one quarter tsp. arjuna + one half tsp. punarnava - steep in hot water for 10 mins
congestive heart failure can lead to pitting on pressure edema of ankles
pulmonary congestion - arjuna acts as pulmonary diuretic
arjuna can tx both
Arjuna helps with blood in stools, hemorrhoids - 3 tsp. arjuna + 1 cup buttermilk
Arjuna is good for fractured bones - boil 1 tsp. arjuna + 1 cup milk –> drink BID
Arjuna is good for diabetic ulcer - wash wound with arjuna tea (1 tsp arjun + herbal tea), wash external wound
Arjuna helps cardiac arrhythmia, anxiety tachycardia, extra systole - 3 tsp. arjuna + 3 tsp. punarnava + 7 tsp. pippali, BID or TID
Arjuna + shringa bhasma –> help form new blood vessels in heart, angiogenesis
Arjuna arista - herbal wine with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, etc.. half cup + diluted with water red wine = vasodilator
tx diabetic neuropathy, diabetic cardiopathy
CI - small dose ok for pericardial effusion & chronic hypertension with myocardial hypertrophy
constrictive pericarditis, bronchial asthma
bradhycardia = heart rate below 50, arjuna will decrease heart rate even more tx with shringabhasma. Don’t use if person on digitalis
Arjuna has similar action as beta blocker so don’t use massive dose if on it
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