Arjuna, pronounced ar-jun'-a, is truly the ultimate natural solution for cardio support! The bark derived from this tree grown in India has been shown in clinical arjuna herb studies to:
lower blood pressure, reduce the heart symptom of angina by 50%, and also to lower LDL cholesterol.
The Web MD website reports that,
"The bark of Terminalia arjuna has been used in India for more than 3000 years, primarily as a heart remedy. An Indian physician named Vagbhata has been credited as the first to use this product for heart conditions in the seventh century A.D.
"Research on terminalia has been going on since the 1930s, but studies have provided mixed results. Its role, if any, in heart disease still remains uncertain."
Not a bad review, considering it comes from a website that has a bias toward using prescription drugs for most medical issues.
Dwivedi S1, Jauhari R.V
Effect of Terminalia arjuna on angina pectoris, congestive heart failure and left ventricular mass was studied in patients of myocardial infarction with angina and/or ischaemic cardiomyopathy.
Bark stem powder of T. arjuna, 500 mg 8 hourly was administered to 10 patients of postmyocardial infarction angina and two patients of ischemic cardiomyopathy, in a dose of 500 mg 8 hourly postoperatively for a period of three months.
These patients were also on conventional treatment comprising of nitrates, aspirin and/or calcium channel blockers.
Twelve age-, sex-, body mass index- and ECG-matched patients of post myocardial infarction angina receiving only conventional treatment served as controls.
Significant reduction in anginal frequency was noted in both groups (3.5 +/- 1.98 to 1.08 + 1.08 per day vs 3.10 + 0.72 to 1.17 + 0.84 per day).
However, only Group A patients showed significant improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction (42.25 + 9.96 to 52.67 + 12.32% vs 51.83 + 5.99 to 49.83 + 2.52%)
and reduction in left ventricular mass (159.18 + 51.11 to 127.47 + 52.40 gm/m2 vs 159.11 + 38.92 to 160.78 + 54.23 gm/m2) on echocardiography following three months of therapy.
The potential of T. arjuna to improve left ventricular ejection fraction and reduce left ventricular mass in coronary artery disease needs to be harnessed.
Gupta R1, Singhal S, Goyle A, Sharma VN.
To evaluate the antioxidant and hypocholesterolaemic effects of Terminalia arjuna tree bark (a popular cardiotonic substance in Indian pharmacopoeia) and to compare it with a known antioxidant, vitamin E, we performed a randomized controlled trial.
One hundred and five successive patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) presenting to our centre were recruited and using a Latin-square design divided into 3 groups of 35 each. The groups were matched for age, lifestyle and dietary variables, clinical diagnosis and drug treatment status.
None of the patients was on lipid-lowering drugs. Supplemental vitamins were stopped for one month before study began and American Heart Association Step II dietary advice was given to all.
At baseline, total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL cholesterol and lipid peroxide estimated as thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) were determined.
Group I received placebo capsules;
Group II vitamin E capsules 400 units/day; and
Group III received finely pulverized T. arjuna tree bark-powder (500 mg) in capsules daily. Lipids and lipid peroxide levels were determined at 30 days follow-up
Response rate in various groups varied from 86% to 91%.
No significant changes in total, HDL, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels were seen in Groups I and II (paired t-test p greater than 0.05).
there was a significant decrease in total cholesterol, from 9.7% to 12.7%, and LDL cholesterol from -15.8% to -25.6%.
Lipid peroxide levels (Note1) decreased significantly in both the treatment groups). This decrease was more in vitamin E group (36.4% to 17.7%) as compared to the T. arjuna group minus 29.3% to minus 18.9%).
Lipid peroxidation refers to the oxidative degradation of lipids. It is the process in which free radicals "steal" electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage.
Oxidation of cholesterol in the heart arteries is the key contributor to creating plaque leading to heart attacks and strokes.
Terminalia arjuna tree bark powder (Arjuna Herb) has significant antioxidant action that is comparable to vitamin E.
In addition, it also has a significant hypocholesterolaemic (cholesterol lowering) effect.
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