Cissus Quadrangularis is a perennial climber that is widely used in traditional Ayurvedic Medicine. Commonly known as the ‘Bone Setter’ or ‘Hadjod’. It has been reported to possess bone fracture healing, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, anthelmintic, antihemorrhoidal and analgesic properties.
It has been historically used for hemorrhoids, ulcers, asthma, and constipation – all important issues associated with bacterial imbalance in the digestive tract. Science supports the traditional use of cissus quadrangularis to help heal the lining of the digestive tract, reduce inflammation, enhance antioxidant defenses and control bacterial imbalance.
Cissus quadrangularis has previously been shown to have antibacterial properties, including against the Staphylococcus family typically found in excess in overweight people.
Another recent study showed Cissus quadrangularis to be highly protective of the liver. This is relevant to weight management, as the liver is often subject to inflammatory and free radical-producing insults coming from both the digestive tract and white adipose tissue.
All parts of this herb are used in medicinal healing – The stout, fleshy quadrangular stem is traditionally used for the treatment of gastritis, bone fractures, skin infections, constipations, eye diseases, piles, anemia, asthma, irregular menstruation, burns and wounds. The leaves and young shoots are powerful alteratives. Powder is administered in treatment of hemorrhoids and certain bowel infections. The juice of stem is useful in scurvy and in irregular menstruation whereas the stem paste boiled in lime water is given in asthma.