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Arjuna Medical Properties, Uses, Health Benefits, Dosage, and side effect

Arjun is one of the most famous ancient herbs with healing properties for the ailments of the heart and the circulatory system. Out of all the parts, it is the bark of the Arjuna tree that is the most useful.

The Arjuna tree is a huge deciduous tree with the characteristic conical leaves and flowers that are yellow in color and an average height of about 80 feet. There are different species of Arjuna tree found in India.

The flowers are formed between March to June and the fruits appear between September to November.  The fruits are 5 winged fruits with a lot of curves and approximate 3cm in length.

Arjuna has special importance as per the Indian tradition since the Vedic times. It is considered to be very pious for all rituals like worshipping the Gods Vishnu and Ganesh. Since ancient times Arjuna is known to be an integral part of all Ayurvedic formulations for its outstanding healing properties.

Known to be the best herb for the heart, it is used to make cardiac tonics to establish effective coordination amongst the various heart muscles and blood vessels. With the hectic schedule and stressful lifestyle, the organ that actually bears the brunt of it all Is the Heart – constantly under pressure; to pump the blood and keep the human body all fuelled and functioning. Additionally, Arjuna also regulates the level of insulin in the blood effectively. Being rich in antioxidants it has anti-aging properties.


The scientific name of Arjuna is Terminalia arjuna, The origin of the classification is given as:

  • Kingdom: Plantae.
  • Order: Myrtales.
  • Family: Combretaceae.
  • Genus: Terminalia.
  • Species: Arjuna.


The Arjuna tree grows typically well in the tropical climate. Since Indian has a characteristic tropical climate, hence Arjuna is found in abundance in India. Arjuna is one of the rarest herbs that have been validated for their medicinal properties by all branches of medicines – new, ancient, conventional, and alternative medicine. Modern research has verified the medicinal properties that were already mentioned in the ancient Indian scriptures of Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic Properties of Arjuna:

Arjun has a taste or rasa that is kashaya or astringent – a stinging sour sensation. Its touch and texture or guna are very light and dry or in other terms laghu and ruksha. Arjuna is a cold herb, so its viraja is sheeta. It has a pungency in metabolism so its vipaka is katu.

Effects on Dosha:

Arjuna characteristically balances the pitta and kapha doshas, It has been mentioned as a part of many formulations in the Samhitas. According to the Charak Samhita, Arjun is also referred to as Kashaya Skandha  – a collection of natural herbs that have an astringent taste.

Further, as per the Charak Samhita, it is meant to treat the problems of hridaya – the heart; naturally. Also, it is a part of Udarda Prashmana- a collection of herbs that cure skin allergies and any kind of worm infection. Having a multi-faceted healing profile is used to – lower the bad cholesterol, regulate the insulin level, and keep diabetes in check and provide relief for the kapha and pitta related problems.

Medicinal uses:

  • The Co-Q10, found in the bark of the Arjuna tree, reduces the stress on the heart and facilitates the smooth functioning of the heart.
  • When mixed with milk and boiled, it heals all kinds of fractures.
  • Astringent property purifies the blood and balances the dosha of the pitta.
  • Cleanses and provides relief from urinary tract infection.
  • It relieves all major menstrual cycle problems in females – fibroids, cysts, extreme bleeding, uterus support.
  • Lowers cholesterol and facilitates affluent blood circulation.
  • Cleans the nasal passage and make the functioning of the respiratory system smooth.
  • With its many benefits and better coordination amongst the various systems in the body, it results in enhanced energy and stamina levels.
  • With its ability to heal the pitta problems, it takes care of different types of external and internal bleeding problems.
  • The tannins present in Arjuna delays aging.


  • Bark Powder: 1 – 3 gm, boiled in water or milk two to three times a day
  • Formulation: 50 – 100 ml

Hence, Arjuna is one of the most versatile power-packed herb – loaded with benefits.

Note: Our purpose is to serve useful information related to Arjuna’s benefits, dosage, and other properties. It is advised to the patients not to consume Arjuna on the basis of this information. Before taking Arjuna as a medicine it is better to have an expert opinion because dosage and treatment vary from patient to patient depending on their symptoms and medical history.

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About Dr. Ranjana Kaushal

Dr. Ranjana Kaushal (MD Ayurveda) has 11 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda. Right now she is working as an Ayurveda consultant with Life Aveda. She has immense knowledge about herbs, their uses, and formulations. She has published articles related to many herbs and diseases in an international journal. She is also a degree holder in yoga and naturopathy. Read More..

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