Arjunarishta is a potent Ayurvedic medicine commonly used as a heart tonic. It is also known as Parthadyarishtam. It is a liquid medication that can help in the treatment and prevention of several cardiac diseases. Arjunarishta contains about 6 to 12% of self-generated alcohol, which along with the water present in the product serves as a media to deliver alcohol and water soluble herbal compounds to the body.
Arjunarishta contains several herbs that are known to possess strong medicinal properties such as –
- Arjunatvak (Terminalia arjuna)
- Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa)
- Madhuka (Madhuca indica)
- Mrudvika (dry grapes)
- Guda (jaggery)
Arjunarishta Benefits & Uses
The different conditions that can be treated using Arjunarishta are mentioned below:
Maintain the blood pressure
Arjunarishta acts as a natural antihypertensive agent. It is particularly useful in lowering the systolic blood pressure. It can also be used to treat hypotension. It strengthens the heart functions and improves the cardiovascular endurance thus stabilizing the blood pressure at a normal level.
Arjunarishta acts as a heart tonic and enhances its functions thus improving its efficiency in supplying blood to all parts of the body. It reduces the risk of myocardial infarction, which occurs due to the impaired blood supply to the heart. It increases the cardiac perfusion and ensures an uninterrupted supply of blood to the cardiac muscles.
Arjunarishta also produces a strong antioxidant action and protects the heart tissues against any form of damage that can increase the risk of heart attacks. Hence, the patients having a high risk of developing a heart attack are advised to use this medicine on a regular basis. It improves the ability of the heart to pump blood by strengthening the muscles of the left ventricle. This helps in maintaining the cardiac output at normal levels and ensures proper supply of blood to the vital organs.
Regular use of Arjunarishta ensures proper supply of blood to the brain. This helps to prevent an attack of stroke that can cause a sudden episode of weakness or paralysis of one side of the body, headache, slurring of speech, confusion, visual disturbance, altered consciousness, and vertigo. It works by preventing the major causes of loss of blood supply to the brain, which includes a rupture of or blockages in the cerebral blood vessels. A rupture of blood vessels may occur due to a sudden rise in the blood pressure in the patients with or without the history of hypertension. Arjunarishta prevents the shooting up of blood pressure with its antihypertensive properties. It prevents blockages in the blood vessels by maintaining the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, which can otherwise form plaques that can get deposited in the arteries resulting in their narrowing.
Arjunarishta can be used to treat arrhythmias. It prevents tachycardia as well as bradycardia and regularizes the heart rhythm and heart rate. It acts as a cardiac tonic and enhances the functions of the SA node in the heart thereby normalizing the heartbeats.
Valvular heart diseases
Valvular heart diseases can occur due to the damage to the valves occurring as a result of exposure to toxins or an excessive back pressure caused by an improper flow of blood through the heart. When the left ventricle muscles are not able to pump blood efficiently into the aorta, the cardiac output is reduced resulting in considerable back pressure on the valve between the left ventricle and left atrium. This can damage the valve resulting in its malfunctioning. Arjunarishta can help in preventing this by strengthening the left ventricular muscles and protecting the valves against damage by toxins.
Chronic respiratory diseases
Arjunarishta can be used to treat chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, chronic bronchitis, and COPD. It strengthens the lung tissues and improves the lung capacity. It also produces an anti-allergic action and prevents the attacks of asthma to a great extent. It can reduce the progression of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic bronchitis by protecting the lung tissues from the damage caused by cigarette smoke, free radicals, dust, and other environmental toxins. It reduces the symptoms associated with these illnesses like a cough, breathlessness, and pain in the chest.
Side effects of Arjunarishta
There are no known side effects of this medicine when it is used under professional supervision and advice. It is prepared from natural herbal ingredients that are safe and effective. It does not contain any harsh chemicals. It is advisable to take the doses of this medicine after food to prevent gastric irritation.