Bone-setter Medicinal Properties: Amenorrhea and Muscular Pain Remedy
(Cissus quadrangularis) The Bonesetter plant belongs to the family Vitaceae. They typical quadrangular shape of the stem has given this plant its species name. It is a succulent creeper found railing trailing over bushes and fences. The tendrils are long and slender. The leaves found at the nodes are 2.5-5 cm. long and are broadly ovate or reniform. The greenish yellow flowers with red tips are in short peduncled cymes with spreading umbellate branches. In many of the tribal belts in India, the local people have successfully used this plant to mend skeletal fractures, muscle injuries, and sprains.
Parts Used: The whole plant
- Amenorrhea or absence of menstruation, and painful menstruation
- Injuries, muscular pain, and sprains
- Piles, stomach ailments, and ulcer
- Swelling due to injuries
How to Use
- For amenorrhea, prepare ash of Bonesetter plant by crushing the stem and mixing it with a pinch of salt. Then burn it over coal on a slow fire. Take a pinch or two of this ash along with one teaspoon of clarified butter or ghee. Administer this tree times a day for 3 to 7 days.
- For diarrhea, add a pinch of the same ash to a little hot water and drink.
- For injuries, muscular pains, and sprains, grind the whole plant into a fine paste with equal quantities of fresh turmeric (Curcuma domestica) rhizomes. Apply a good amount on the affected parts. Bandage and leave undisturbed for a few days.
- To control obesity, take 3 to 4 pinches of the earlier mentioned ash along with buttermilk of coconut water and control the intake of fatty foods. Vigorous exercise for at least 30 to 40 minutes resulting in perspiration will help shed the unwanted fat.
- For piles, stomach ailments and ulcer, take 3 to 4 pinches of the same ash with 1 to 2 tablespoons of clarified butter or ghee for 2 to 3 months.
- For stomachache, take a handful each of the whole bonesetter plant and drumstick (Moringa oleifera) flowers along with 1 tablespoon of copra (dried coconut). Grind with a little water, extract the juice and drink it.
- For swelling due to injuries, pound the plant and extract one cup of its juice. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons each of salt and tamarind (Tamarindus indica) and boil the mixture. While it is still warm, apply it onto the affected parts.
- The stem beaten into a paste is given in small quantities to control asthma.
Caution: The juice of the plant can irritate the skin and cause itching. The Bonesetter's ash, if used in excess can be toxic. Self-medication or frequent use could prove harmful. Whenever possible, a good Ayurvedic doctor should be consulted.
Active Principles: Tetracyclic triterpenoids, 3-ketosteroid, oxosteroid, and beta sitosterol