Terminalia Arjuna is a tree that is native to India and is found growing in the banks of river beds that have gone dry. The flowers of the tree are pale yellow in colour. The leaves are green long conical and brown towards the end. It is known to be rich in co-enzyme Q-10, tannins, flavonoids as well as minerals such as magnesium, zinc, copper and calcium.
The Arjuna herb is a powerful antioxidant and hence it is known to be good for the skin. One of the terminalia Arjuna uses in skin treatment involves preparing a paste from the Arjuna bark along with some honey and applying this paste on the acne prone area. The astringent property of the Arjuna herb is known to help in the prevention of acne.
Studies have shown that Arjuna tree is effective in bringing down LDL cholesterol levels. The hypocholesterolaemic effect was comparable to vitamin E. It has also been proven that the extracts from Arjuna bark were very effective in controlling diabetes. The research concluded Arjuna to be a potent diabetes reducing agent. The bark of the tree has been used for several centuries for treating cardiovascular ailments. It has a host of other therapeutic benefits including treating asthma, hypertension and kidney stones. Ingesting Arjuna over a period of time ensures significant cardiac protection in myocardial infarction commonly known as heart attack. The herb is also proven to be helpful in the vasodilatation of blood vessels in chronic smokers and is also known to dissolve plaque clogging the arteries.
The full side effects or adverse events of Arjuna herb are not well known and it is preferable to limit dosage use to the least amount that works. There is a possibility that very high dosages could cause liver harm or reduced thyroid gland activity. It should also be noted that self-treating a heart condition with Arjuna and avoiding or delaying standard care may be extremely harmful to your health.