Arjunarishta (also called Parthadyarishta) is an ayurvedic liquid medicine prepared using natural fermentation method. Arjunarishta is beneficial for people with any type of heart diseases including stable angina pectoris, blood pressure, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, ischemic cardiomyopathy etc.

INGREDIENTS

The main ingredient of Arjunarishta is Terminalia Arjuna (Arjuna Bark), which is a potent cardioprotective. A complete list of Arjunarishta ingredients is as follows:

IngredientsQuantity Used for Preparation
Terminalia ArjunaArjuna Bark4 Kg
Vitis Vinifera – Raisins – Draksha2 Kg
Madhuca Indica – Mahua/Madhuka flowers800 grams
Water required for making decoction40.96 liters
Jaggery (Gur/Guda)4 Kg
Woodfordia Fruticosa – Dhataki flowers800 grams

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Arjunarishta mainly acts on heart and blood vessels having following healing properties.

  1. Anti-ischemic
  2. Strong Antioxidant
  3. Hypolipidemic
  4. Antiatherogenic
  5. Cardioprotective
  6. Antianginal (stable angina pectoris)

THERAPEUTIC INDICATIONS

Arjunarishta is helpful in following heart conditions:

  1. Cardiac Arrhythmia
  2. High & Low Blood Pressure
  3. Myocardial Infarction
  4. Stable Angina Pectoris
  5. Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  6. Congestive Heart Failure
  7. Mitral Regurgitation

BENEFITS & MEDICINAL USES

Arjunarishta is very common prescription for heart patients in ayurveda. Its main ingredient Arjuna contains many bioactive substances, which improves left ventricle functions of the heart. Arjunarishta is likely to contain all variety of these bioactive compounds. It improves cardiac function in people with previous or recent history of cardiac trauma or injury and Myocardial Infarction. According to ancient books of ayurveda, Arjunarishta is recommendable in all types of heart diseases regardless underlying etiology. It increases anaerobic cardiovascular performance.

Antioxidative characteristics of Arjuna are comparable with Vitamin C. Arjunarishta also has strong antioxidant action. Arjuna is also studied for anti-cancer properties. The main ingredient of Arjunarishta is Terminalia Arjuna, so it is also likely to have anti-cancer action.

Cardiac Arrhythmia

Arjuna has cardio-tonic action by enhancing SR functions. This action minimizes the arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) occurrence. (Ref. 1)

Arjunarishta is also likely to have similar action because of main ingredient Arjuna. In ayurveda, Arjunarishta is given along with Jawahar Mohra, Kamdudha Ras, or Yakuti Rasayana for treating irregular heartbeat.

Arjunarishta is effective on both tachycardia and bradycardia.

Tachycardia

Fast or racing heartbeat is called tachycardia. In tachycardia, Arjunarishta is beneficial with Kamdudha Ras or with following combination.

Jahar Mohra Pishti250 mg
Praval Pishti250 mg
Mukta Pishti125 mg
Arjunarishta should be taken after meal and this combination should be taken with Gulkand.

Bradycardia

Slow heartbeat is called bradycardia. In such case, Jawahar Mohra, or Yakuti Rasayana should be taken with Arjunarishta.

High & Low Blood Pressure

Arjunarishta normalizes the blood pressure and stabilizes it at normal levels. It is beneficial in both cases with low or high blood pressure. Arjuna in Arjunarishta maintains healthy functions of heart, which is likely to work in both cases. It improves cardio-vascular endurance. In high blood pressure, it induces lowering effects. In low blood pressure, it exerts cardio-tonic and strengthening actions.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

In high blood pressure, Arjunarishta has more effects on systolic blood pressure. It alone is effective in pre-hypertensive, mild hypertension, and moderate hypertension. In severe hypertension, Sarpagandha Powder should be used in following combination along with Arjunarishta.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Severe HypertensionQuantity
Sarpagandha Powder250 mg *
Jahar Mohra Pishti500 mg *
Mukta Pishti125 mg *
Pana Pishti (Kushta Zamurd)125 mg *
* Twice Daily with Milk

Also Read: Ayurvedic Medicine for High Blood Pressure

Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)

In low blood pressure, Arjunarishta should be given along with following medicines:

Ayurvedic Remedies of HypotensionQuantity
Ashwagandha Powder2  grams *
Vishamushti Vati or Vishtinduk Vati65 mg *
* Twice Daily with Milk (Treatment Course: 4 Weeks)

The main purpose of using Arjunarishta is to provide strength to the heart and stabilizing the blood pressure.

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION

The general dosage of Arjunarishta is as follows.
Children10 ml (2 tsp.) *
Adults20 ml (4 tsp.) *
Geriatric (Old age)20 ml (4 tsp.) *
Maximum Possible Dosage60 ml (12 tsp.) in divided doses
* Twice a day with equal amount of water

SAFETY PROFILE

Arjunarishta is LIKELY SAFE for most people. There are no side effects reported with Arjunarishta.

Caution

Arjunarishta contains small amount of alcohol. It also contains sugar content. However, sugar content is less than 2 grams per 20 ml of Arjunarishta liquid. Sugar intake can be adjusted accordingly.