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The herb arjun (Terminalia arjuna), also known as terminalia, has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine (the traditional medicine of India) for the treatment of heart problems. An Arjun is though to help relax (dilate) blood vessels. In addition, an herbal combination that includes arjun and about 40 other herbs has shown great promise for helping reduce blood pressure.

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The herb arjun (Terminalia arjuna), also known as terminalia, has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine (the traditional medicine of India) for the treatment of heart problems. Arjun is though to help relax (dilate) blood vessels. In addition, an herbal combination that includes arjun and about 40 other herbs has shown great promise for helping reduce blood pressure.

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The herbal combination Arjun probably helps reduce blood pressure by relaxing (dilating) blood vessels.

Abana, the Ayurvedic formula that contains arjun, is believed to help the cardiovascular system through a few mechanisms, most of which help the heart work more effectively (reduced preload and afterload, improved diastolic function, and improved pump function).1

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In the second study discussed here, patients received three daily doses of 800 mg of Abana.2 It is not immediately clear how much arjun was contained in that amount of the Abana combination.

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Arjun probably helps reduce blood pressure by relaxing (dilating) blood vessels.

Abana, the Ayurvedic formula that contains arjun, is believed to help the heart work more effectively (reduced preload and afterload, improved diastolic function, and improved pump function).1

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Enter section content.. The herb arjun (Terminalia arjuna), also known as terminalia, has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine (the traditional medicine of India) for the treatment of heart problems. Arjun is though to help relax (dilate) blood vessels. In addition, an herbal combination that includes arjun and about 40 other herbs has shown great promise for helping reduce blood pressure.

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Safety Issues

Use of terminalia (arjun) has not been associated with any severe adverse effects. However, comprehensive safety studies have not been performed. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.

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  1. Antani JA, Kulkarni RD, Antani NJ. Effect of Abana on ventricular function in ischemic heart disease. Jpn Heart J. 31(6):829-35.
  2. Dadkar VN, Tahiliani RR, Jaguste VS, Damle VB, Dhar HL. Double blind comparative trial of Abana and methyldopa for monotherapy of hypertension in Indian patients. Jpn Heart J. 1990 Mar;31(2):193-9.
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A combination Ayurvedic therapy called Abana, containing arjun and approximately 40 other herbs, has also shown that the herbal combination is effective for reducing blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension.1 The blood-pressure lowering effects of the Abana combo were also demonstrated in another study.2 According to the results of this study, Abana is approximately as effective for controlling blood pressure as the drug methyldopa.

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The herb arjun (Terminalia arjuna), also known as terminalia, has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine (the traditional medicine of India) for the treatment of heart problems. Arjun is though to help relax (dilate) blood vessels. In addition, an herbal combination that includes arjun and about 40 other herbs has shown great promise for helping reduce blood pressure.

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Edited Arjun Overview: References 8 years ago
  1. Dadkar VN, Tahiliani RR, Jaguste VS, Damle VB, Dhar HL. Double blind comparative trial of Abana and methyldopa for monotherapy of hypertension in Indian patients. Jpn Heart J. 1990 Mar;31(2):193-9.
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A 1-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of 58 individuals evaluated the effectivness of terminalia for angina by comparing it against placebo and also against the standard drug isosorbide mononitrate. 1 The results indicated that the herb reduced anginal episodes and increased exercise capacity. It was more effective than placebo and approximately as effective as the medication.

A subsequent 3-month study compared the effectiveness of Terminal arjuna against placebo in 40 people with a recent heart attack. 2 All participants in this study suffered from a particular complication of a heart attack called ischaemic mitral regurgitation. The results showed that use of the herb improved heart function and reduced angina symptoms.

A combination Ayurvedic therapy called Abana, containing terminalia and approximately 40 other herbs, has also shown some promise for angina. This same study demonstrated that the herbal combination is also effective for reducing blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension. 3 The blood-pressure lowering effects of the Abana combo were also demonstrated in another study.4 According to the results of this study, Abana is approximately as effective for controlling blood pressure as the drug methyldopa.

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A 1-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of 58 individuals evaluated the effectivness of terminalia for angina by comparing it against placebo and also against the standard drug isosorbide mononitrate. 1 The results indicated that the herb reduced anginal episodes and increased exercise capacity. It was more effective than placebo and approximately as effective as the medication.

A subsequent 3-month study compared the effectiveness of Terminal arjuna against placebo in 40 people with a recent heart attack. 2 All participants in this study suffered from a particular complication of a heart attack called ischaemic mitral regurgitation. The results showed that use of the herb improved heart function and reduced angina symptoms.

A combination Ayurvedic therapy called Abana, containing terminalia and approximately 40 other herbs, has also shown some promise for angina. This same study demonstrated that the herbal combination is also effective for reducing blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension. 3 The blood-pressure lowering effects of the Abana combo were also demonstrated in another study.4 According to the results of this study, Abana is approximately as effective for controlling blood pressure as the drug methyldopa.

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A 1-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of 58 individuals evaluated the effectivness of terminalia for angina by comparing it against placebo and also against the standard drug isosorbide mononitrate. 1 The results indicated that the herb reduced anginal episodes and increased exercise capacity. It was more effective than placebo and approximately as effective as the medication.

A subsequent 3-month study compared the effectiveness of Terminal arjuna against placebo in 40 people with a recent heart attack. 2 All participants in this study suffered from a particular complication of a heart attack called ischaemic mitral regurgitation. The results showed that use of the herb improved heart function and reduced angina symptoms.

A combination Ayurvedic therapy called Abana, containing terminalia and approximately 40 other herbs, has also shown some promise for angina. 3 In a double-blind study of 43 men and women with hypertension, use of a proprietary Ayurvedic herbal combination containing terminalia and about 40 other herbs proved approximately as effective for controlling blood pressure This same study demonstrated that the herbal combination is also effective for reducing blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension. 3 The blood-pressure lowering effects of the Abana combo were also demonstrated in another study.4 According to the results of this study, Abana is approximately as effective for controlling blood pressure as the drug methyldopa.

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A 1-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of 58 individuals evaluated the effectivness of terminalia for angina by comparing it against placebo and also against the standard drug isosorbide mononitrate. 1 The results indicated that the herb reduced anginal episodes and increased exercise capacity. It was more effective than placebo and approximately as effective as the medication.

A subsequent 3-month study compared the effectiveness of Terminal arjuna against placebo in 40 people with a recent heart attack. 2 All participants in this study suffered from a particular complication of a heart attack called ischaemic mitral regurgitation. The results showed that use of the herb improved heart function and reduced angina symptoms.

A combination Ayurvedic therapy called Abana, containing terminalia and approximately 40 other herbs, has also shown some promise for angina. This same study demonstrated that the herbal combination is also effective for reducing blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension. 3 The blood-pressure lowering effects of the Abana combo were also demonstrated in another study.4 According to the results of this study, Abana is approximately as effective for controlling blood pressure as the drug methyldopa.

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Evidence suggests that arjun may have blood vessel–relaxing properties.1 16 This is helpful for treating angina, which is caused by constricted blood vessels that reduce the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle.2 22

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Evidence suggests that arjun may have blood vessel–relaxing properties.16 This is helpful for treating angina, a condition in which which is caused by constricted blood vessels in the heart cannot carry adequate oxygen that reduce the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle.22

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