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Ethnomedicinal and Dietary Uses of Cissus quadrangularis L. (Asthishrinkhala) from the Tribes, Rural People and Traditional Healers of Andhra Pradesh, India

Goli P Pratap, Vaddi Meenakshi, Prince K Pal

Keywords : Cissus quadrangularis, Dietary uses, Ethnomedicinal uses

Citation Information : Pratap GP, Meenakshi V, Pal PK. Ethnomedicinal and Dietary Uses of Cissus quadrangularis L. (Asthishrinkhala) from the Tribes, Rural People and Traditional Healers of Andhra Pradesh, India. J Drug Res Ayurvedic Sci 2018; 3 (2):96-105.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10059-0041

License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Published Online: 00-06-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018 Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Aims: To document and explore the ethnomedico botanical claims, folklore claims and dietary recipes of Cissus quadrangularis L. of Vitaceae family. Materials and methods: The study has aimed to review the 161 tribal individuals like traditional healers, tribal doctors and elder people in the field trips on their daily utilization of C. quadrangularis L. plant. The data were collected through conversation during the field trips. During the interviews, local names, useful plant parts, the method of preparation and dosage were recorded. The plants employed along C. quadrangularis L. were systematically identified by comparing with the assistance of related flora like “The Flora of Presidency of Madras” by Gamble (1936) and other related works. Results: The present study reveals 19 ethnomedical claims on C. quadrangularis L. collected from various tribal pockets of Andhra Pradesh and three dietary recipes from rural people residing in different habitats of Andhra Pradesh. Conclusion: With this investigation, it can be concluded that C. quadrangularis L. is an abundantly accessible restorative plant with an assortment of symptoms. It is utilized as a part of the bone recuperating agent in bone fractures by the tribes, conventional healers and additionally bolstered by traditional Ayurvedic literature by the name Asthishrinkhala. It is likewise a great dietary hotspot for bio calcium and bone wellbeing. Advance pharmacological, clinical and dietary investigations may divulge numerous esteems that are more helpful and exhibit as capable nourishing help in numerous more maladies including bone well being. Clinical significance: In Ayurvedic literature, it is mainly used in bone fractures, diseases of the eye, worm infestation, hemorrhoids, etc., diseases, some of the tribal claims support these indications some are unique and new like in constipation, dysmenorrhoea, etc. Along with stem some of the tribes are using its leaves, roots, etc. in different diseases. Pharmacological investigations on these claims can explore strategies for rendering new drugs to eradicate diseases clinically. Dishes prepared from C. quadrangularis L. may support as dietary supplements in clinical conditions like osteoporosis, osteopenia, etc. which needs further validation.

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