Arjuna, or Terminalia arjuna, is a potent herb revered in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Named after a hero in Indian mythology, the herb’s name reflects its perceived potency and vigor. Traditionally, the powdered bark of the Arjuna tree was used for its heart-strengthening properties, treating cardiovascular conditions, hypertension, and high cholesterol. It was also valued for its wound-healing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial attributes.
Modern research has corroborated many of these traditional uses. Flavonoids and tannins, such as arjunolic acid and arjunic acid, present in the bark, have antioxidant effects that help reduce heart disease risk by modulating cholesterol levels and reducing oxidative stress. The bark powder also contains triterpenoids and glycosides, which induce the widening of blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure and reducing the heart’s load.
The high content of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in Arjuna bark powder accelerates the wound healing process by reducing inflammation and oxidative damage. Finally, ellagic acid and other antimicrobial agents give it the ability to combat various bacteria and fungi. Research also suggests potential benefits in managing diabetes, improving bone health, and combating cancer, all attributed to the active compounds in the herb.
- CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
- CHOLESTEROL REGULATION