Today cardiovascular disorders are widespread and kill more people than before. Some plants may be helpful in dealing with the problems. Integrative professionals may help.
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Terminalia arjuna, an adaptogen, a cardiac tonic and more.
In approximately AD 600, in India, Vagbhata, a man of great knowledge, perhaps a Buddhist, wrote many books on health, sickness and their treatment. That body of work has influenced Asian medical traditions ever since. One of the most famous ones, ‘the heart of medicine’ was learned by elites of Indian high class. They were the only ones allowed to practice medicine. Vagbhata mentioned in his writing an evergreen tree, Terminalia arjuna; commonly known as arjuna.
T. arjuna is used in traditional Ayurvedic herbalism for the treatment of various cardiovascular diseases.
- The bark of the tree contains triterpinoids, saponins, tannins, glycosides, flavonoids and minerals. Both leaves and bark help the organism to adapt to difficult environmental factors. It may be taken in capsules or tea.
Many studies have been documented for its beneficial actions on the heart.
- The flavonoids have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory actions and lipid lowering effects.
- The glycosides are cardio-tonic.
- The three kinds of saponins, arjunolic acid, arjunic acid, arjungenin present in arjuna act as anti-hypertensive and cardio-protector agents.
- Ischaemic cardiomyopathy showed significant symptomatic relief in coronary heart failure after administration of T. arjuna.
- T. arjuna is fairly effective in patients with symptoms of stable angina pectoris.
- The bark’s extract decreases platelet activation and may possess antithrombotic properties. It may be useful in the management and prevention of coronary artery disease.
- Terminalia arjuna protects mice hearts against sodium fluoride induced oxidative stress.
- Butanolic fraction of the bark has protective effects against Doxorubicin induced cardiotoxicity. Doxorubicin is used in combination with other medications to treat many types of cancers: from bladder, breast, lung, stomach, ovarian, thyroid, uterus, cervix, prostate, pancreas, adrenocortical glands, liver, Kaposi’s sarcoma, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, bone sarcomas, neuroblastoma and Wilms’ tumor, etc.
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