Ayurvedic medicine, which is a form of alternative medicine that comes from India, isn't as well known in the U.S., as it is in some other parts of the world, but it is gaining some acceptance now. I do a lot of writing about alternative healthcare and, as a result, get to find out some interesting things about this ancient type of healthcare and some of the herbs it uses. Among those many herbs is arjuna, which has been given by ayurvedic practitioners to patients for centuries to treat heart-related problems and to keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check. I began taking "Planetary Formula Arjuna" a couple of years ago, because I was concerned about my blood pressure and heart health, particularly since I was going through the beginning of peri-menopause. Menopausal women are very prone to heart disease and, along with lifestyle adjustments, I wanted to make sure I was taking things that were helpful nutritionally and herbally-speaking. Planetary Formula is a brand I trust, which is why I chose their product. After being on arjuna for awhile, I can say that I feel a lot better, my heart rate has normalized and I am healthier. I have suffered no side-effect at all. It is best, however, that anyone deciding to try arjuna tell their doctor, so you can keep monitored and be able to properly measure your results.