Hadjod increases bone strength. It boosts mineralization in the bones and promotes the formation of mineral modules.
Hadjod an ayurvedic herb is widely used in traditional ayurvedic medicines across India. Its scientific name is Cissus quadrangularis. It is a rambling herb characterized by a thick quadrangular fleshy stout stem.
In some parts of the world, the whole plant is used, while leaf, stem and root extracts of plant are used in traditional treatment of various pathological conditions.
Action- Light, Dry, Stable
Post digestive effect- Pungent
Effect on Dosha- Vatahara, Kaphahara
Phytochemical analysis of plant has revealed high content of ascrobic acid, carotenes, anabolic steroidal substances and calcium. Its traditional name is 'Harjor' or 'Bone setter', means that joins the bones.
In Ayurveda, it is called as Asthisamhar. It strengthens bones and induces joints mobility. It acts as a purgative and relieves the constipation. It is an aphrodisiac and improves vigour. It increases pitta dosha in the body and relieves amadosha (indigestion).
BENEFITS OF HADJOD
1. Bone Healing
The plant extract has been shown to have bone fracture healing properties by increasing uptake of minerals like calcium, sulfur and serotonin which help to build more bone. It increases the rate of bone regeneration and mineralization. It improves blood circulation and nutrient supply to bone. It promotes osteoblastic proliferation and differentiation.
2. Anti Ulcer
The stout stem is traditionally used for the treatment of gastritis and constipation. Its extract shows significant anti ulcer activity by decreasing gastric secretions and by enhancing glycoprotein level which prevents infection.
The stem part of Cissus quadrangularis contains vit-C, carotenoids, calcium, phytosterols which are known as excellent antioxidants. Dietary intake of plant has positive effects on stress related pathologies.
4. Anti haemorrhoidal
Phytochemical study of hadjod reveals that its major compounds are flavonoides. These bioflavonoids have shown potential benefits in the treatment of haemorrhoids and varicose veins.
The analgesic effect of this plant is seen in bone fractures and arthritis.
6. Bone Strengthener
Hadjod increases bone strength and restores bone. It boosts mineralization in the bones and promotes the formation of mineral modules. It promotes osteoblastic proliferation and differentiation and reduces the susceptibility to bone fracture.
7. Regulates Lipid Profile
It improves metabolism of lipid by reducing level of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. Further, it also increases HDL (good cholesterol) level in blood.
8. Checks Heavy Menses
It is used to manage abnormally heavy or prolonged menstrual period.
Dose of Hadjod
- Decoction of dried stalks - 20-30 ml two times a day.
- Juice- 10-20 ml two times a day.
- Powder- 3-6 gm two times a day.
It should be taken 2 hrs after meal with warm milk or water.
Ayurvedic Formulations of Hadjod are Lakshadi Guggul and Panchjeerak Gudam
In conclusion we can say that this plant can be used to treat a variety of health disorders. Since ancient times ayurvedic physicians have been using it to treat painful conditions like repair of bone fractures and to regulate menstruation.
Dr. Namarta Sharma
Department of Shalya Tantra,
Dayanand Ayurvedic College,