Botanical Name: Cissus quadrangularis
- English: Hadjod, Bone setter, Hadajoda,Veld grape,
- Ayurvedic: Asthisamhaara, Asthisamhrita. Asthi-samyojaka, Vajravalli, Chaturdhaaraa
- Unani: Hadjod
- Also, known as: Hadjod, Mangaraballi, Asthisamharaka, Changalam Parande, Hathjod, Hadajora, Kandvel, Kaandvel, Kandavela, Hadbhanga, Harjara, Harsankari, Haadabhanga gachha, Hasjora, Hadasankala, Haddjor, Perandai, Pirandai, Piranta, Nalleru, Namunungwa, Nallerutige, Vajravalli, Chatudhara, Mangarvallee, Mangaroli, Square Stalked Vine,Adamant Creeper, Phet Cha Sung Khaat, Phet Sang Kat, Phet Sangkhat, Quadrangularis, Samroi To, San Cha Khuat, Stemmed Vine, and Devil's backbone
Parts Used: Dried stem
Cissus quadrangularis is a deciduous, succulent, climbing perennial plant of the grape family, reaches up to 5-10 feet tall and has quadrangular-sectioned branches with internodes 10-12 cm long and 1.5-2 cm wide. Along each angle is a leathery edge. The leaves are toothed and Tri-lobe, 2-5 cm wide and occur only on the nodes of young shoots. Each has a tendril emerging from the opposite side of the node. The small green or yellow flowers form into clusters; globular berries are red to black when ripe.
It is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in Ayurvedic medicine. All parts of the plant are used for medicine. It is grown from stem cuttings. This plant grows in India almost anywhere and is known for its medicinal values and delicious chutneys are made especially in Tamilnadu. It is a bit pungent and can irritate the skin a little. The tender stems and leaves are used as a side dish mashed along with tamarind and salt.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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