What is Cissus Quadrangularis?
Cissus quadrangularis or Devil’s Backbone is a plant belonging to the grape family. It has been used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries as an analgesic (pain reliever) and treatment for broken bones. It also has antibacterial properties and may be used as a bodybuilding and weight loss aid.
Benefits of Cissus Quadrangularis
One of the best known benefits of Cissus quadrangularis is its ability to speed up the heeling of broken bones. It has been hypothesised that this works through the ability of Cissus quadrangularis to increase the metabolism and uptake of calcium, which is vital in the process of bone heeling (Mishra et al, 2010). A study in dogs has shown that treatment with Cissus quadrangularis resulted in the complete healing of broken bones in 21 days, whereas those receiving a placebo were still unhealed at the same time (Deka et al, 1994). This effect has also been shown in rats, during which treated animals were observed to have a 50% increase in bone healing time (Singh et al, 1962). Undoubtedly, if you have sustained a fracture, your training will be severely affected. However Supplementing with Cissus quadrangularis may help to speed up your recovery.