Vajravalli is the Sanskrit name of the creeper Cissus Quadrangularis.If you see the colloquial names of this plant you will come to know the best use of this plant. In Hindi it is known as Hadjod, in Sanskrit Asthisrinkhala, Vajravalli. In English it is known as bone setter and Edible stemmed vine. Vajra means diamond. The Ayurvedic practitioner who is said to have discovered the elixir of immortality, expected Cissus to equal the strength of diamond the hardest substance known to man. This could be the reason for its names – makes body as strong as diamond.
So since times immemorial this plant has been used to relieve bone injuries, torn tendons and ligaments. This is possible owing to the rich content of calcium, phosphorous and phyto-estrogenic steroids, which are found to have specific effect on bone fracture healing. The anabolic steroidal principles from Cissus showed a marked influence in the rate of fracture healing by influencing early regeneration of all connective tissues involved in the healing and quicker mineralization of callus.
It can reduce the inflammation and boost bone strength.
This plant has been directly linked to lower cholesterol levels, possibly due to its strong impact of metabolic factors in the body. By reducing bad cholesterol levels in the body it can help protect the cardio vascular system from an excess strain, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure.
High levels of vitamin C in the plant help in growth and repair of wounds. It can speed up wound healing and recovery from injury and illness can be quicker. Vitamin C is also a crucial component of collagen, which is used by the body to build everything from muscle tissue to blood vessels and arteries.
Studies have shown that this herb effectively treats many oral problems and comes to the rescue of health.
· Cissus has a unique ability to lower blood sugar levels in the body. This is done by regulating the release of blood sugar from the nutritional intake and ensuring that glucose and insulin levels remain optimal in the blood.
· Cissus is able to relieve cramping and discomfort during menstruation. This makes it highly desirable in the market of herbal remedy. In Siddha medicine it is viewed as natural pain killer and tonic.
· Dried and powdered leaves and young shoots are powerful alternatives in bowel infections connected with indigestion.
· This plant is said to possess anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti- haemorrhoidal and analgesic activities also used to curing the weakness due to prolonged illness.
· Many hesitate to use this because of its itchiness. Always pick tender ones and clean them thoroughly in running water or apply sesame oil before handling them. It can be easily broken with hands. Break at the nodes and remove the nodes. Pull the fibre apart like how we peel drumsticks. As this plant is edible, it can be cooked.
· It is all natural supplement and considered to be highly safe and side effects are rare. However kindly consult your physician before using it.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna