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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Best Substitute to Eucommia in India


Eucommia is a small tree native to China. It is basically the genus of a small tree. There is a fossil record of Eucommia that shows its distribution in China. It is widely cultivated in China for its bark. This small tree bark is used in traditional Chinese medicine. The tree grows about 15 meter in length. Flowers are growing from March to May and fruit is ripened in between June and November. This belongs to the family Eucommiaceae. This is also called ``du zhong". Trees of Eucommia are distributed in forest hills and mountains in central and eastern China.

Eucommia bark

Benefits of Eucommia

Eucommia bark contains various kinds of chemicals such as ligans, iridoids, phenolics, flavonoids. It is used in Chinese traditional medicine as a folk drink. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine for heart ailments. The health benefits of Eucommia are:

  • It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is used to support the endocrine system, improve kidney health and strengthen the health of the bones and joints (especially in the knee and hip joint).
  • This is a rich source of antioxidants and isoflavonoids.
  • It may help in lowering high blood pressure (Hypertension).
  • It may give relief from arthritic pains.
  • It is beneficial in lower high blood sugar levels (Diabetes) and also prevents us from Diabetic complications.
  • It provides strength to the muscles of the heart.
  • It has various pharmacological properties such as cardio protective, anticancer, antimicrobial, antiaging and neurological problems.
  • It also has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It has neuroprotective effects.

Best Substitute of Eucommia is Arjun

Arjun (Terminalia arjuna) is an Ayurvedic herb. It is a large tree attaining a height of 20-25 meters. Flowering stage is in summer whereas the fruiting stage is in winter. This tree belongs to the genus Terminalia. It is seen across India and usually found in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Odisha.

Terminalia arjuna bark

Benefits of Arjun

This is widely grown in India. It has many medicinal properties. Some of the benefits of Arjun are:

  • Cardio-protective means it helps in heart disorders. It reduces the risk of heart diseases.
  • It strengthens the heart muscles and helps in proper functioning of the heart.
  • It has anti-hypertensive property and helps in reducing high blood pressure.
  • It is helpful in cough and dyspnea.
  • Its bark is used as astringent, expectorant, antidysenteric.
  • Arjun is useful in urinary problems as well.
  • It provides strength to the bones and joints.
  • It decreases high cholesterol in blood.
  • It helps in clearing away the blockage in the arteries.
  • It is beneficial in ulcerative colitis.


At last we concluded that Eucommia is a small tree which is native to China. It is not cultivated in India. So in the case of Eucommia, our Ayurveda provides the best substitute in the case of Eucommia and that is Arjun. Arjun is the best drug for cardiac problems. Planet Ayurveda provides Arjuna capsules. These capsules are 100% natural and vegetarian and have no additives and preservatives and free from side effects. They provide proper functioning of the heart.