Herbs & Plants

Veldt Grape or Devil’s Backbone.

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Botanical Name :Cissus quadrangularis
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Cissus
Species: C. quadrangularis
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Vitales
Synonyms :
*Cissus succulenta (Galpin) Burtt Davy
*Cissus tetragona Harv.
*Vitis quadrangularis (L.) Wall. ex Wight & Arn.
*Vitis succulenta Galpin

Common Name : Veldt Grape or Devil’s Backbone.

Habitat : It is probably native to India or Sri Lanka, but is also found in Africa, Arabia, and Southeast Asia. It has been imported to Brazil and the southern United States.


Cissus quadrangularis is a perennial plant of the grape family grows to  a height of 1.5 m and has quadrangular-sectioned branches with internodes 8 to 10 cm long and 1.2 to 1.5 cm wide. Along each angle is a leathery edge. Toothed trilobe leaves 2 to 5 cm wide appear at the nodes. Each has a tendril emerging from the opposite side of the node. Racemes of small white, yellowish, or greenish flowers; globular berries are red when ripe.

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Medicinal Uses:
Has been used as a medicinal plant since antiquity. The Ayurveda mentions it as a tonic and analgesic, and prescribes its use to help heal broken bones, thus its name asthisamharaka (that which prevents the destruction of bones). Has also been used to treat osteoporosis, asthma, cough, hemorrhoids, and gonorrhea.

It contains a rich source of carotenoids, triterpenoids and ascorbic acid. Compounds that act as receptor antagonists of glucocorticoids have reduced the healing time of broken bones 30 to 50 percent in clinical trials. It has also been used to treat obesity and associated oxidative stress. Its bactericidal effects on Helicobacter pylori hold promise as an effective treatment of gastric ulcers and preventative of stomach cancer in conjunction with NSAID therapy.

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Herbs & Plants


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Botanical Name :Cissus adnata    Roxb
Family : Vitaceae
Genus  : Cissus
Kingdom : Plantae
Phylum   :      Magnoliophyta
Class :
Order  : Rhamnales

Scientific names: Cissus adnata Roxb. ,Cissus aristata Blume,  Cissus pallida (Wight & Arn.) Steud. Vitis adnata Wall. ,Vitis pallida Wight & Arn.

Common names : Ayong-kabayo (Tag.),Bolakau (Kuy.),Linga-an (Bag.),Endeavor river vine (Engl.)
Local names: Ayong-kabayo (Tag.); bolakau (Kuy.); linga-an (Bag.).

Habitat : Ayong-kabayo occurs from northern Luzon to Mindanao in thickets at low and medium altitudes. It is also reported to occur in India to Indo-China and southward to Timor.


This is a hairy vine reaching a height of at least 10 meters. The leaves are broadly ovate, 8 to 18 centimeters long and 5 to 12 centimeters wide, with the tip pointed and the base rounded and heart-shaped, and with toothed margins. The flowers are greenish with a purple tinge, subumbellately arranged on the ultimate branchlets on cymes 2.5 to 5 centimeters long. The fruit is fleshy, purple when mature, rounded and about 1 centimeter in diameter and contains a single large, pear-shaped, smooth seed.

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Medicinal Uses:
Parts used : Roots and tubers.

*In India, the decoction of dried tubers used as alterative and as diuretic.

*Root, powdered and heated, applied to cuts and fractures by the Santals.

• Antibacterial / Anti-Urolithiasis:
Study of 17 plant species screened for potential antibacterial activity against four selected urolithiasis-inducing flora (P mirabili E coli, Pseudomonas stutzeri and K pneumonia) showed six plants, including C. adnata to show promising roles in the prevention and cure of urolithiasis.

The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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