Arjun Chhal (Terminalia Arjuna) (अर्जुन की छाल)

 
 
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The tree is common throughout the greater part of Indian peninsula along rivers, streams, ravines and dry watercourses. It is basically a tropical species.

Description

The Arjun tree is about 20–25 metres tall; usually has a buttressed trunk, and forms a wide canopy at the crown, from which branches drop downwards. It has oblong, conical leaves which are green on the top and brown below; smooth, grey bark; it has pale yellow flowers which appear between March and June; its glabrous, 2.5 to 5 cm fibrous woody fruit, divided into five wings, appears between September and November.

 

Medicinal Uses:

Although there are many plants that have a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases, Arjuna is referred to as the best natural remedy for its number of active components. Many use Arjuna for the treatment of circulatory problems and arrhythmia. It’s also used to reduce chest pain and other symptoms of high blood pressure. Arjuna significantly alleviates symptoms of angina and decreases the frequency of attacks by 80%. Studies have shown that Arjuna prevents heart attacks, even when used in parallel with diuretics and drugs that dilate blood vessels. Arjuna protects the heart muscle from weakening and atrophy and helps supply the heart with oxygen. It strengthens and improves tissues after surgery or heart attack. Thanks to the phytosterols, Arjuna effectively reduces the level of bad cholesterol, breaking down deposits in the blood vessels.

This plant is also used to treat kidney, liver and gall bladder problems. Arjuna tea is traditionally used to relieve pain in the kidneys and to break kidney stones, as well as for protection of liver cirrhosis. Arjuna also protects the DNA from damage, and helps to reduce stress and anxiety.