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Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina Treatment: Herbs

Written by ColleenO.

A number of herbs may help treat coronary artery disease (CAD) and angina.

The Ayurvedic herb arjun (Terminalia arjuna) has demonstrated great promise for improving heart function and reducing angina. In addition, Chinese herbal tablets called Shenshao, which contain ginsenosides and white peony, were found to reduce angina frequency and improve quality of life scores.26

The herbs hawthorn, khella, and Coleus forskohlii are often recommended for angina by herbalists. So far there is not much solid research evidence that they work.

Note: Coronary artery disease (CAD) and angina are serious diseases that absolutely require conventional medical evaluation and supervision. No one should self-treat for CAD or angina. However, natural treatments such as herbs may complement standard medical care when monitored by an appropriate healthcare professional. Consult with your physician regarding all dosage and safety issues.

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Effect of Arjun on Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina

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

Read more about Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina and Terminalia arjuna.


  1. Wang J, He QY, Zhang YL. Effect of shenshao tablet on the quality of life for coronary heart disease patients with stable angina pectoris. Chin J Integr Med. 2009;15:328.

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