Arjunarishta Uses, Dose, Ingredients and Side Effects

Arjunarishta is an Ayurvedic liquid medicine, popularly used as herbal heart tonic. Arjunarishta contains 6 – 12 % of self generated alcohol in it. This self generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a media to deliver water and alcohol soluble active herbal components to the body. It is also known as  Parthadyarishtam, Partharishtam etc. 


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Arjunarishta is useful in the treatment of chest injury, weakness, feeling tired all the time, chronic respiratory diseases, cough, throat related diseases.
It is extensively used as herbal cardiac tonic
It improves strength and helps to cleanse intestines.

Doctors also prescribe this for the treatment of
High total cholesterol
High LDL

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12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food.
If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic/modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then, after a gap of 15 – 30 minutes, take Ayurvedic medicine or as directed by the physician.

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

With supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

Side effects

There is no known side effects of Arjunarishta, as long as it is taken under professional advice and supervision

Can this be taken by a diabetic person?
Because it contains sugar content, it is best to avoid in diabetic patients.
But if the blood sugar levels totally under control, then a lower dose of this can be taken for 4 – 6 weeks of time.


Arjuna tvak – Terminalia arjuna – Stem bark – 4.8 kg
Mrudvika – dry grapes – fruit – 2.4 kg
Madhuka – Madhuca indica – flower – 960 g
Dhataki – Woodfodia fruticosa – Flower – 960 g
Guda – jaggery – 4.8 kg

The first three ingredients are taken in coarse powder form, added with 49.152 litres of water, boiled and reduced to 12.288 litres, filtered. It is furter added with powders of rest of the ingredients, kept for fermentation. After confirmation of fermentation, the contents are filtered and stored in air tight containers.


 Zandu, Dabur, Baidyanath, Nagarjuna – Paartthaadyarishtam

Shloka- Sanskrit verse

पार्थत्वचस्तुलामेकां मृद्वीकार्द्धतुलां तथा।
भागं मधूकपुष्पस्य पलविंशति सम्मतम्।।
चतुर्द्रोणे अंभसः पक्त्वा द्रोणमेवावशेषयेत्।
धातक्या विंशतिपलगुडस्य तला क्षिपेत्॥
मासमात्रं स्थितो भाण्डे भवेत् पार्थाद्यारिष्टकः।
हृत्फुफुस गदान् सर्वान् हन्त्ययं बलमोजकृत्॥

pārthatvacastulāmekāṃ mṛdvīkārddhatulāṃ tathā|
bhāgaṃ madhūkapuṣpasya palaviṃśati sammatam||
caturdroṇe aṃbhasaḥ paktvā droṇamevāvaśeṣayet|
dhātakyā viṃśatipalaguḍasya talā kṣipet||
māsamātraṃ sthito bhāṇḍe bhavet pārthādyāriṣṭakaḥ|
hṛtphuphusa gadān sarvān hantyayaṃ balamojakṛt||

Safe for kids?
It is safe to use this medicine in lower dose, in children above 5 years of age.

Pregnancy and lactation –
During pregnancy it is best to take only under medical supervision. Self medication during pregnancy should be avoided.
It can be taken during lactation period, under doctor’s advice, for a short period of time.
Expiry date: 10 years from the date of manufacture.
Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.

Can Arjunarishta open the heart blockages?
It is useful only in the initial stages of heart blockage. It is usually advised with other medicines for comprehensive heart care.

Useful in lung disorders

Is Arjunarishta useful in lung disorders?

In the Sanskrit verse, phuphusa gada is mentioned. Phuphusa means lungs. Does it mean Arjunarishta is useful in lung disorders?
The lung disorder, here is to be understood from the context of its utility in cardiac disorder. It should be understood as shortness of breath or breathing problems.
In cases of poor cardio-vascular fitness, weak functioning of heart, etc. leads to breathing problems, in which, Arjunarishta is useful.

Even in chronic respiratory diseases causing weakness and debility, Arjunarishta can be useful to improve strength and immunity of the patient.
But it is not commonly used in classical lung disorders such as bronchitis or COPD (asthma).

Will this cause weight gain?
No. It does not cause weight gain.

It causes acidity. What is the solution?
Consider taking it mixed with equal quantities of water.
Consider taking it after food.

Does it increase blood sugar level in non diabetic people?

Can it cure heart blockage?
This medicine alone might not be effective enough to cure heart blockage completely. It helps in blood thinning. Do not rely on online advice and consult a doctor directly.

Is this medicine useful for reducing total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL?

For a person who has undergone bypass surgery, arjunarishta can be a good tonic, if blood sugar is under control. But please consult a doctor.
It might not be very effective in heart valve problems such as mitral valve stenosis

Is it useful in anxiety and depression?
Though not indicated directly, its Shloka reference says Balam Ojakrit -It improves strength and immunity. It also strengthens heart. Hence it can be useful even to relieve anxiety and increased heart beat due to anxiety.

Medicine combinations

It is usually advised along with Mukta Vati for the management of BP
it is advised along with Prabhakar vati in treating heart disorders and atherosclerosis.
Do not follow this information for self medication. Consult a doctor if you have heart symptoms.

Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
This article is written by Dr. Janardhana V Hebbar BAMS, MD (Ayu), PGDPSM, Managing Director, Easy Ayurveda Hospital.
It is reviewed by Dr. Raviganesh Mogra BAMS, MD (Ayu), Chief Medical Officer, Easy Ayurveda Hospital

23 thoughts on “Arjunarishta Uses, Dose, Ingredients and Side Effects”

  1. This medicine is good. My personal experience is that I had irregular heart beat. With three months of regular usage my heart beat came to normalcy. I did walking exercise also along with this.

  2. I am using arjunarista from last two month. I have skip beat of heart. I found the medicine is excellent. My cardiac function become almost normal.

  3. Hi, Arjunarishta is also used in treating blood pressure. But for BP and cardiac issues, rather than choosing a medicine on your own, consulting an Ayurveda doctor is a good idea. Dose needs to be adjusted from time to time, based on improvement.

  4. my Dad has Low pulse problem for last 18 year and he has been using this for last 17 years after showing to doctor, he healthy and doctors are sometimes surprise to see result. He was having pulse rate at 20 but for last 15-16 years it been maintain at 63-73.

  5. Sir,, is this product being useful for cholesterol patients?? Actual my father has back pain and spinel problem due to spondiolisis. So this tonic will be useful for this type of disease???

  6. I was diagnosed with a one degree av block in the ecg. My PR interval was 250 milli second. Will arjunarishta help in reducing my PR interval and get it within normal limits. Plz reply

  7. Good morning Dr. JV Hebbar
    Greetings for the day!!

    My question is that, i do take 10 ml apple cider Vinager empty stomach in the morning with little honey and plain water for reducing my triglyciders and 4 days ago i stated taking 24ml Arjunarishta after lunch, so is it okay if i carry on with apple cider vineger?

  8. Hi Doctor…My Mom 60yrs old..she has cardic problem and diabtic.when she used arjnarist then her sugar level shoot up.then immediately stop this can u suggest arjunarist type medicine for diabitic patient…

  9. Dear Sir,

    I have undergone angioplasty a month back. Out of the three blocks, one has been taken care by the collateral blood vessel, second one is fitted with stent and third one (90%) can not be managed by angioplasty or by pass surgery as per the doctor’s advice.

    Therefor, I want to know

    1. Whether Arjunarishta will help me
    2. Whether alcohol in this arishta is harmful to my heart since I have experienced in the past that consumption of alcohol pains my heart.
    3. I also want to know whether this arishta thins the blood since I am already taking Ecosprin-150 Mg twice daily.

    • 1. it will help you.
      2. no, there will be a very negligible amount of alcohol in it , that too formed naturally .
      3. you can take along with ecosprin in lowered dosage, which you have to be get decided by your Ayurvedic doctor.


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