Up to 80ft tall Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) trees covered with tender green leaves and standing in rows on liver banks and at the edges of rivulets in dry hilly regions appear as if worriors like Arjuna with innumerable weapons are ready for battle to destroy enemies in the guise of diseases. This tree is found in forests, it flowers in summer and bears fruits in winter.
The trunk of this tree is massive with diameter of 10-20ft. The bark is white on the outside, smooth, and up to one third inch thick,it is blood red inside. The leaves are 3-6 inch long and 1-2 inch wide on small branches adjacent at places.
Arjunarishta is an Ayurvedic liquid medicine, popularly used as herbal heart tonic. Arjunarishta contains 6 – 12 % of self generated alcohol in it. This self generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a media to deliver water and alcohol soluble active herbal components to the body.
HEALTH BENEFITS & MEDICINAL USAGE
BOILS IN MOUTH
Mix the powder of its root in sesame oil and use this to gargle. It cures mouth disorders.
Put 2-3 drops of its juice in ears. It cures ear pain.
BLACK PATCHES ON FACE
Grind its bark and then mix it with honey and apply this on the face.
Take powder of Arjuna bark and give the juice of leaves of Adusa prepared using bhawanayen method. Mix 1-2 gm. honey, sugar candy and cow’s ghee in it and give this to the patient. It cures cough of tuberculosis where the cough of tuberculosis where the cough includes blood also.
- When the normal rate of heartbeat increases from 60-100, take one glass juice of tomato and add 1 teaspoonful of powder of Arjuna bark in it. Give this to the patient regularly. It normalizes the heart beat.
- Grind thick bark of Arjuna. Mix 1 teaspoonful of this powder in 1 cup of milk after removing the cream. Give this to the patient every morning and evening. It is beneficial in curing all types of heart disorders. It strengthens the heart and eradicates weakness.
- In case of heart weakness and in swelling of heart, cook 4-8 gm powder of its bark with jiggery and milk. Strain the milk and give this to the patient. It prevents water of blood lymph from getting into the blood vessels and thus prevents swelling which in turn cures the fatigueness and weakness of heart.
- In case of heart diseases, impact of cloth sieved powder of its bark is much more effective than an injection. Keep its powder on the tongue and suck it. It gives immediate relief. Its effect is similar to that of sorbitrate tablet. In case of fast heartbeat and high pulse rate, keep its powder on the tongue of the patient. It immediately provides strength to the pules. The effect of this medicine is permanent and does not cause any negative effect.
UPWARD MOVEMENT OF VATA
It happens due to controlling urine pressure and can be cured by giving 20ml decoction of its bark, every morning and evening to the patient.
Boil 1 teaspoonful powder of Arjuna bark in 1 cup milk till milk is reduced to half. Add a little amount of sugar candy in it and give this to the patient, thrice a day.
Soak its 2 gm bark in water over night. Next day morning crush it or boil it to prepare the decoction. Give this decoction to the patient. It is beneficial in curing bleeding disorders.
Give 30ml decoction of its root in fever.