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A REVIEW ON PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION OF ARJUNA (Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.) Wt. and Arn.)

Dr. Bhumika*, Dr. Sakshi Sharma and Dr. Rajesh Sharma

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From ancient time medicinal plants have been a main source of therapeutic agents to cure diseases. In Ayurvedic classical texts, use of Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.) Wt. and Arn. Family Combretaceae) has been described in various ailments skin disorders, hemorrhage, diabetes, cough, tumor, leucorrhoea, asthma, inflammation, leucoderma, ulcers, anemia. When the plant is used in combination with other traditional drugs it shows good safety result. As per classical texts (samhitas, samgraha granthas, nighantus) 125 formulations with ingredient Arjun has been described curing 20 diseases. Different parts of Arjuna is used in various dosage forms such as swarasa (juice), kwath(decoction), kshirapaka(milk decoction), churna(powder), lepa(paste). Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.) Wt. and Arn have various therapeutic properties such as cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic activity, anti tumor activity, anti-microbial activity. So, the present review is carried out to summarise information and knowledge about Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.) Wt. and Arn on aspects of pharmacological and clinical studies to know more divinity of Arjuna.

Keywords: Arjuna, Terminalia arjuna, Ayurveda, Medicinal property, Pharmacological action.


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