Botanical Name: Arjuna terminalia
- English: Arjuna
- Ayurvedic: Kakubha, Svetavaha
- Unani: Arjun
- aka: Marudam, Viravriksha, Kakubha, Arjun, Sajada, Maddi, Arjon, Sadada, Sadad, Aartagala, Dhananjaya, Paartha, Kaakubha, Indravriksha, Torematti, Nirmasuthu, Kudare, kivimase, Neermatti, Matti, Mattimora, Vellamaruthi, Marudam, Bilimatti, Mathichakke, Kumbuk, Neer Maruthu, Marudha maram, Thella maddi.
Habitat: Throughout greater part of India
Harvested: Wild and cultivated
Parts Used: Bark
Arjuna is a very common plant in the tropical regions of the world, mainly India. It can reach up to a height of 20-25 meters. Arjun is a large-sized deciduous evergreen tree with very strong and long roots. Leaves are conical, dull green above and pale brown beneath, with yellow flowers and grey colored smooth bark. It has a glabrous, fibrous woody, 2-4 cm long fruit with five hard wings and a number of curved veins.
It is one of the few herbal medicines that has been recognized by all medical fields be it modern medicines, Ayurveda, homeopathy, or functional medicine.
The reddish bark of the plant is the main useful part but, other parts of this majestic tree are also used for treatment.
Arjuna is very well known and recognized by Ayurveda from ancient times and nowadays accepted and popular worldwide.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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