Cissus quadrangularis is commonly known as Hadjod is a perennial plant of the family Vitaceae. It is called as Adamant creeper, Square stalked vine, veldt grape, devil's backbone, adamant creeper, asthisamharaka, hadjod and pirandai, Sannalam, Nalleru,Vajravelli, Mangara valli.This plant is native to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It is also found in Africa and Southeast Asia. It is being imported to Brazil and the southern United States for its uses.
Cissus quadrangularis reaches a height of 1.5 m and has quadrangular-sectioned branches with internodes of about 8 to 10 cm long and 1.2 to 1.5 cm wide. Along each angle is a Leathery edge. The Toothed trilobe leaves 2 to 5 cm wide appear at the nodes. Every leaf has a tendril emerging from the opposite side of the node. Racemes of small white, or greenish flowers, globular berries that this plant bear is red when ripe.
Cissus quadrangularis is a succulent herb which belongs to a family, Vitaceae. It is fleshy, cactus in nature. It is also called as Vitis quadrangularis, Lycopodium imbricatum or Heliotropium indicum. Commonly also called as a HADJOD. In Ayurveda, it is used as Pachan dravya (digestive aid), Sara (relieves constipation), Athiyuk (strengthening bones), Vrushya (Aphrodisiac), etc. In Unani medicines, it is used to treat gastritis. The whole plant is used in the treatment of asthma, powdered root is specifically used in the treatment of bone fractures and bone -related ailments. The dose of the powder is 30-40 Leaves and young shoots are frequently taken with curry in Southern India and give a nice flavor.
In Chennai, its young shoots of the plant are dried, powdered, burnt to ashes in a closed vessel. These ashes of this plant are administered in dyspepsia, indigestion and certain bowel complaints. Leaves and young shoots of this plants are also considered as powerful alternatives in the gastrointestinal treatments. Juice of stems of it is dropped into the ear in otorrhoea and into the nose in epistaxis. The plant has many therapeutic uses.
Vitis quadrangularis, Hadjod, Hadsankal, Harjora, Nalleru, Vajravalli, Kandvel, Hadavhanga, Piranti, Vedhari, Horjora, Harbhanga Vernacular names
Cissus Quadrangularis or Bone Setter is called as Asthisamharaka (saves the bones from their destruction) in Sanskrit. It is have sweet and pungent in taste (Rasa), pungent after digestion (Vipaka), and is hot in effect (Virya).
It gives strength to bones and joints and supports healing fractures.
Cissus Quadrangularis is rich in medicinal properties. Understanding of its properties will help us to better utilize this herb for medicinal purpose.
Below is given medicinal properties along with the meaning of this herb.
The other beneficial medicinal uses of Hadjod include treating asthma, digestive disorders, indigestion, skin diseases and irregular menstruation. It is also very useful in obesity management and complications of metabolic disorders. Hadjod or Cissus quadrangular has very potent fracture healing property. It has very good antimicrobial, antiulcer, antioxidant, anti-osteoporotic, gastro-protective, cholinergic activity.
At dhanvantary we have bone support capsules which contain Hadjod extract. These capsules show very good role in bone health.