Arjuna Heart Tonic – Ayurvedic Home Remedy For Heart Care

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) is the most widely used for treatment of heart ailments in Ayurveda. Take any Ayurvedic medicine for heart, you will see Arjuna as an ingredient. There are many traditional Ayurvedic home remedies for heart care made with Arjuna. Let us learn about a simple Arjuna – milk heart tonic. 

Home remedy video


Arjuna (Bark of the plant – Terminalia arjuna) – coarse powder – 10 grams
Boiled and cooled milk – 80 ml
Water – 320 ml.

Method of preparation

How to prepare? 
Take milk and the coarse powder of Arjuna bark in a wide mouthed vessel.
Note down the height of the milk in the container, with the help of a spoon or a measuring scale.
Add 320 ml water to it.
Start boiling this liquid over mild heat.
Stir it continuously.
You have to boil and evaporate all the water content from the vessel and the level of the liquid should reduce back to 80 ml. (80 ml of milk, that you have taken).
Once after the boiling is done and 80 ml only remains in the vessel, filter it across a cloth and collect the milk – arjuna heart care remedy.

Time required: 15 – 20 minutes

Process involved:

  • In Ayurvedic terms, this process is called as Ksheerapaka. We had previously prepared a garlic milk remedy using the same technique.
  • Here the water soluble and fat soluble phytochemicals of Arjuna herb is transferred into the medium of milk.

Dosage, Precautions

Dose: 10 – 20 ml – two times a day, before food.
Precaution: Consult your doctor and ask for advice before trying this home remedy.

Rules to follow

  • Once prepared, this can be stored only for 8-12 hours. So if you prepare it in the morning, it can be taken till evening.
  • It should not be re-heated, once after it cools down.
  • Hygiene is to be maintained while preparing and storing this remedy.


  • Strengthens heart function
  • Natural cardiac tonic
  • Can be used as a home remedy during post surgical cardiac care along with other medications.
  • It is useful to decrease BP to some extent but consult your doctor before using it as a natural medicine for hypertension.
  • This remedy also helps to treat Vertigo.

25 thoughts on “Arjuna Heart Tonic – Ayurvedic Home Remedy For Heart Care”

  1. Hello Doc,

    Is Carambola tree (Karmbala) found in the Karnataka coast same as arjuna? The fruits look quite similar on the Google images.. Thanks.

    Best Regards, Shyam

  2. Dr Hebbar,
    I read that arjuna will lower high blood pressure. However I have low BP (90/60). Does it mean I am not suitable to take arjuna?

    • It is known by the terms – Gandira and Makandi in Ayurveda. It is useful in pacifying Pitta, useful in high BP, relieves burning sensation and gastritis.

    • You can add a bit of almond milk to this while preparing. But this remedy needs to be prepared with cow milk base.

  3. Hi Ales, You can not refrigerate it. Everyday it needs to be prepared afresh. To use it for a couple of months, better to prepare 20 ml each day freshly and consume it when it is hot.

    • Then what happens to the other 40 mL that hasn’t been consumed? In the instructions it says make 80 mL, but if one is to consume 20 mL twice a day, then that’s 40 mL left over. Is it too much to consume 40 mL twice a day so it doesn’t go to waste? Or is that dangerous?

      • Hi, for the purpose of demonstration, I used the example of 80 ml. You can reduce or increase the proportions based on number of people at your home, willing to take this remedy.

  4. Arjuna powder in the form of capsule is also available in the market and is also a very good way of taking it. The dose of it needs to be decided based on personal consultation.
    Milk remedy of Arjuna as explained above is the way to use as per Ayurveda, as found in Ancient Ayurveda text books. Hence it can be considered as the best way.

  5. 2.5 grams dose would be excess. As a general tonic, 500 mg twice a day should be good. But the dose depends on disease, patient condition etc.

  6. how to dissolve heart artery blocks. can this arjuna powder can dissolve, if so how it should be taken

    • Hi, I have given the quantity of ingredients in ml and grams itself. Please have a look into the article.

  7. Hi, it lowers BP. With BP tablet, you can take one capsule of Arjuna per day. But to be precise, you will need regular BP monitoring.

  8. Is it good to consume for a person (50 yr. old female) having normal BP and high sugar (not too much) just to strengthen the heart and to remove blockage from the veins of entire body ?
    I’m thinking about Himalya Arjuna

  9. Hi Dr. J V Hebbar,

    Is there any recommendation for preparing this more as a tea instead of a concentrated tonic? For instance, just as one would make chai (i.e., using 1 tsp spoon of fine arjuna powder per person instead of the chai patti)?

    Also, can this be taken in the evening before dinner, or would after dinner be better?

    Thank you kindly for your assistance!

  10. Dear Doctor
    Thanks for this hearth healthy info.

    Which is good ..Arjunarishta or Arjuna Milk Tea for good heart health of normal person ?


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