Heart--Arjuna, cert. organic: 48 capsules
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Ancient Indian physicians have used the powdered tree bark of Terminalia Arjuna for treating angina and other cardiovascular conditions successfully for thousands of years. These formulas may not be helpful for every imbalance of the heart so please consult with your health practitioner. All ingredients are certified organic.
48 vegetarian capsules of the Arjuna formula you specify is $14.
See next product listing for 96 vegetarian capsules of the Arjuna formula you specify is $25.
You can make an appointment with Vaidya Athena on the Healing page of this site, or with another Ayurvedic practitioner, to determine the formula that is right for you. Here are some of the formulas with Arjuna available :
Vata Aggravation Formula: Ashwagandha and dashamoola are used to pacify vata, alleviate stress and lower blood pressure, while brahmi will help to regulate heart rate.
Additional Help: Tea from fresh ginger is also helpful. Eat soups and warm food, avoid raw foods, chips and popcorn. Establish a regular routine for meals and sleep.
Pitta Aggravation Formula: Amalaki is an excellent antioxidant and has been shown to lower cholesterol and reverse arterial plaque formation. It is combined with Arjuna, Hawthorne berries and Sea Buckthorn berries.
Additional help: As long as the blood sugar is not significantly elevated, one can also use Chyavanprash. For those who have high cholesterol drinking a tea of fenugreek seeds or taking triphala is also beneficial. Do not eat spicey foods, cooked oils or sugar.
Kapha Aggravation formula: Punarnava helps eliminate retained fluid in mild heart failure. It is also an important heart tonic. Also contains arjuna, neem and turmeric to help lower blood glucose and reverse the prothrombotic state.
Additional help: Tea made from dried ginger and cinnamon is also helpful for these individuals. Do not eat any dairy or salt.
Several substances in arjuna herb have very strong antioxidant benefits. Its stem bark possesses glycosides, large quantities of flavonoids, tannins and minerals. Flavonoids have been detected to exert antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipid lowering effects while glycosides are cardiotonic, thus making Terminalia arjuna unique among currently used medicinal plants. In rodent studies these antioxidants protect heart tissue from damage. Compounds in Arjuna may also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Effect of Terminalia arjuna extract on adriamycin-induced DNA damage.
Phytother Res. 2008. “The effect of a bark extract was studied on the alteration of adriamycin induced micronuclei formation in cultured human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Exposure of lymphocytes to adriamycin resulted in a dose-dependent increase in the micronuclei formation indicating DNA damage. Pretreatment of lymphocytes with bark extract of Terminalia arjuna before adriamycin treatment resulted in a significant decline in micronuclei formation. Our results demonstrate that bark extract of Terminalia arjuna protects DNA against adriamicin-induced damage”.
“Experimental studies have revealed the bark of arjuna to exert inotropic and hypotensive effect, increasing coronary artery flow and protecting cardiac tissue against ischemic damage. Arjuna herb has also been detected to have mild diuretic, blood thinning, prostaglandin E(2) enhancing and blood lipid lowering activity. This herb has been studied in patients with angina. Arjuna dilates blood vessels, even in cigarette smokers”.
Catecholamine-induced myocardial fibrosis and oxidative stress is attenuated by Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.).
J Pharm Pharmacol. 2009; Kumar S, Enjamoori R, Seth S, Maulik SK. Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
“Myocardial fibrosis and oxidative stress accompany a number of cardiac disorders such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hypertensive heart disease and cardiac failure. Stem bark of Terminalia arjuna has been advocated for cardiac ailments. The present study evaluated the effects of T. arjuna bark extract on myocardial fibrosis and oxidative stress induced by chronic beta-adrenoceptor stimulation.T. arjuna protects against myocardial changes induced by chronic beta-adrenoceptor stimulation”.
“Arjuna powder had significant antioxidant action that is comparable to vitamin E. In addition, it also has a significant effect at preventing cholesterol”. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11225136
“Arjuna is more effective in angina than nitroglycerin, the standard medicine”, (Secrets to Lowering Cholesterol with Nutrition and Natural Supplements. Art T Dash, Dr, PhD, page 61.)