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Boost your Heart Health: Terminalia Arjuna

27 Oct 2017   Shanti Gowans

Terminalia Arjuna is the ages-old Ayurvedic medicinal herb and powerful cardio tonic made from the bark of the Arjuna tree. It is used both as a protector against heart disease and a powerful treatment for the condition itself. 

It is very effective for women cardiac patients, which is very important, because heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men. But mainstream medicine, which was fashioned in the image of a man’s body, still regularly misses the different symptoms of heart disease in women. A woman's heart is very different to a man's heart, in terms of circulation and the receptors they have for certain hormones. If you have a heart attack, it’s likely to be more deadly than it would be for a man. About 38% of women die within a year of a first attack, compared with 25% of men. ('Women and Heart Disease Facts'. Women’s Heart Foundation.)

Most men having a heart attack arrive at ER with “classic” symptoms, such as sharp chest pains, shortness of breath, pain running down the left arm, and so on. 

But 42% of women don’t have chest pain at all. And they often get other symptoms that men don’t usually get.2

Women are more likely to report pain in one or both arms, their jaw, neck or back. They may have discomfort in the upper part of the stomach or heartburn, nausea or vomiting. You are also more likely to feel extreme fatigue or have problems breathing. Other signs, such as light-headedness and dizziness also occur more often in women than men.

To make matters worse, doctors prescribe Big Pharma cardiac medications that actually weaken your heart — such as statin drugs, which not only lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol but also your “good” HDL cholesterol, which raises your risk of a heart attack.

Mainstream medicine sees your ailments as packages of symptoms that need to be either drugged or cut out. Ayurveda connects body, mind and spirit to nature and whole-body health. This is exactly how Arjuna works.

Modern science backs up its ancient cardiac healing power. (Patel S. "Plant-derived cardiac glycosides: Role in heart ailments and cancer management". Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. 2016-12-01).

 The tree bark of Arjuna contains:

- Natural CoQ10: Works to boost your heart’s pumping power.

- Glycosides: Increases the output force of your heart and decreases its rate of contractions, making Arjuna a powerful weapon against congestive heart failure.

- Antioxidants: Prevents oxidation and inflammation, and shown to prevent heart attacks and protect heart tissue from damage after a heart attack. (Gauthaman K, Banerjee SK., et al. “Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.) protects rabbit heart against ischemic-reperfusion injury: role of antioxidant enzymes and heat shock protein.” J Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Jan 15).

- Tannins: Contains catechins, which have been shown to prevent atherosclerosis as well as heart attacks themselves. (Jagroop IA, Kakafika AI, Mikhailidis DP., et al.”Platelets and vascular risk: an option for treatment.” Curr Pharm Des. 2007).

Arjuna can be taken in its raw bark form, or as a supplement in a tablet capsule, extract, infusion, or powder form.

You can order it from Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australia.

 


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