Hadjod is a fleshy plant that is widely used in cooking traditional soups, chutneys and dals in India. Additionally, its immense curative abilities are documented in great detail in Ayurveda. According to scholarly texts of this age-old practice of Indian medicine, hadjod portrays powerful traits in mending fractures of the bones.
Generally called Hadjod in Hindi, this perennial shrub belonging to the grape family is scientifically termed as Cissus quadrangularis, with other common English names such as adamant creeper, veldt grape and edible stemmed vine.
Hadjod belongs to the family Vitaceae and is native to the hot and arid regions of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Africa. The Hadjod tree grows up to a height of 1.5 m, with branches splitting into four parts or a quadrangular arrangement. The leaves are bright green, with sharp edges and three lobes. This plant bears white or jade flowers and red berries when ripened. All parts of Hadjod are edible, with the stem and leaves being used traditionally for cooking and therapeutic purposes.
Today, Hadjod is globally recognized for its fantastic incentives for bone tissue development as well as overall wellbeing.
Hadjod is blessed with countless useful constituents but is especially renowned for its vast reserves of calcium and magnesium, apart from anabolic steroids, resveratrol and flavonoids. These work in synergy, to promote rapid healing of fractures and provide relief from pain in joint disorders, thus justifying its classical Sanskrit name “Asthisamharaka”, which literally translates to “bone setter” or “that which protects the bone from destruction”.
Therapeutic Uses of Hadjod :
Heals Bone Conditions
The juice of hadjod stem derivatives can be consumed internally as well as a paste or powder prepared from its leaves applied externally, on fractures, osteoporosis and arthritis. Hadjod speeds up bone mineralization and formation, simultaneously increasing bone mineral density and strength, and pacifying aches in the joints.
Promotes Weight Loss
Hadjod juice works wonders in improving lipid metabolism in the body, decreasing fat accumulation and accelerating calorie consumption and weight loss in those who are obese.
Treats Dental Infections
Plaque, tartar and cavities cause discomfort in the teeth and gums. Following brushing, rinsing with hadjod juice clears all infectious agents causing toothaches, due to its extensive antimicrobial characteristics.