As mentioned, this plant is part of the grape family, sometimes referred to as Devil’s Backbone, Hadjod, or Veldt Grape. It reaches a height of 1.5 m and has long been used for its medicinal properties. Within Ayurvedic medicine, Cissus Quadrangularis has been used to heal injured tendons, bones, and ligaments
Within Siddha medicine, it’s viewed as a natural pain killer and tonic, as well as a healer from broken bones. Today, it’s currently used by athletes as well, based on exercise-related joint pain. When studying rats, it appeared to be an effective painkiller.
Although few human studies have been conducted, one study focused on athletes and yielding positive effects. Those who took Cissus Quadrangularis experienced a reduction in joint pain by a third. This could be promising for athletes, as most joint health supplements do not report much athlete-based evidence, as most research is conducted on people with osteoarthritis.
Cissus Quadrangularis is best known for its potential ability to heal broken bones faster than normal. When studying dogs, it was proven that Cissus Quadrangularis offered healing effects. One group of dogs were given Cissus Quadrangularis while the other were given a placebo. After 21 days, those who were given a placebo had not healed, yet those who ingested Cissus Quadrangularis had healed completely
A similar study was conducted in rats, as those who were given Cissus Quadrangularis healed 50 percent faster. While studying these effects, researchers believe that Cissus Quadrangularis may help increase the uptake of calcium. This makes sense, as calcium is one of the key nutrients that’s required for optimal bone strength. There’s also evidence suggesting that Cissus Quadrangularis taken every day could reduce the risk of fracturing a bone by up to 40 percent
Speaking of blood sugar, cissus quadrangularis could help reduce the risk of diabetes, particularly type II. Over the past few years, the number of individuals with type II diabetes has skyrocketed. This has a lot to do with our current lifestyles and poor diet choices. Since cissus quadrangularis helps control one’s blood sugar, it can also reduce one’s risk of becoming pre-diabetic and then developing type II diabetes. Type II diabetes is highly correlated with obesity so cissus quadrangularis’s weight-loss effects would also be beneficial.
Since cissus quadrangularis is an all-natural supplement, it’s considered to be highly safe and side effects are rare. Within clinical studies, most participants did not experience any adverse effects at all. For those who did report side effects, they were mild in nature and included flatulence, headaches, and nausea
Do not take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as there’s not enough information and research to confirm whether this is safe or not. Like most supplements, it may interfere with certain medications. Please discuss proper dosing with your doctor before taking cissus quadrangularis
If you’re diabetic, speak with your doctor before taking cissus quadrangularis. Since it naturally lowers blood sugar, taking cissus quadrangularis along with your regular diabetic medications could cause your blood sugar to dip too low.
Dental Health:In a similar way as Cissuc quadrangularis can help your bones, it can also help your teeth. Studies have shown a correlation between great oral health and Cissus quadrangularis supplementation
Menstruation Issues:One of the most common side effects of a woman’s menstrual period is cramping and bloating, as well as mood swings and hormonal imbalances. Cissus quadrangularis is able to relieve cramping and discomfort during menstruation, making it highly desirable in the western world’s herbal remedy market.
The correct dosage will really depend on what you’re taking it for. If you’re taking cissus quadrangularis for fitness purposes or weight-loss, your doses should be within the 600 to 1000 mg range, twice daily
Start with a lower dose and see how your body reacts, you can always increase your dosage over time. For this purpose, taking cissus quadrangularis 30 minutes before a meal will help you control your appetite and control the amount of sugar and fat your body stores.
In extreme cases, when individual tear tendons or fracture a bone, they typically take doses around 2000 mg. You can source capsules that offer 500 to 800 mg of extract per capsule, taking 2-3 times daily.