Terminalia arjuna (Roxb. ex DC.) Wight & Arn. Main specimen
Combretaceae
{ Human uses | Medicinal }

Terminalia arjuna is used in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha medicines.

The bark is styptic, tonic, febrifuge, astringent.
The bark is used as a cardioprotective and cardiotonic in angina and poor coronary circulation. It is used as a diuretic in cirrhosis of liver and for symptomatic relief in hypertension.
The bark is an ingredient (along with Nyctanthes arbortristis) in a medicine for pains and heart diseases.
The bark is used externally in skin diseases, herpes and leukoderma.
The crushed bark is applied on wounds and cuts.
The bark is also used to stimulate sexual desire in men and women.
The bark decoction with milk is given as a nourishment, tonic, astringent and cooling and to stimulate sexual desire. It is also used in rheumatism and arthritis.
The dried stem bark powdered taken with water or chewed is used to reduce high blood pressure.
The fresh bark juice is given in heartburn and as blood purifier.
The bark pulp is applied as bandage around a fractured bone.

The fruit is used as a tonic and deobstruent.

The juice of the fresh leaves is a remedy for ear-ache.

The twigs of Terminalia arjuna are used to cure blisters or ulcers of the mouth.

The roots are tied to the waist to cure fevers and malaria.

Sources :
- Basu & Kirtikar, 1918, Indian Medicinal Plants
- Khare, 2007, Indian Medicinal Plants, An Illustrated Dictionary
- Quattrocchi, 2012, CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants.